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Scientists Use Math to Build Better Stents

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A 3-D computer model of a stent.

Suncica Canic, a professor of mathematics at the University of Houston, uses computer models to design better stents--tiny tubes that hold blood vessels open after they've been clogged with disease-causing plaque. Here, a 3-D computer model of a stent.

Credit: Suncica Canic, Mate Kosor and Josip Tambaca; University of Houston and University of Zagreb


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Simulation of stent design and coating based on the research of Suncica "Sunny" Canic and colleagues.

Credit: Provided by NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences

 

A simpler computer model that simulates stents.

This simpler computer model simulates stents just as accurately as the more complex 3-D models.

Credit: Suncica Canic, Mate Kosor and Josip Tambaca; University of Houston and University of Zagreb


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Computer models showing the varying flexibility of different stent designs.

Computer models show the varying flexibility of different stent designs.

Credit: Suncica Canic, Mate Kosor and Josip Tambaca; University of Houston and University of Zagreb


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