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A low rate of hemolysis is an important factor for the development of a rotary blood pump. It is, however, difficult to identify the areas where hemolysis occurs. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis enables the engineer to predict hemolysis on a computer. In this study, fluid dynamics throughout intracardiac axial flow pumps with different designs(More)
Evaluation of hemolysis within a blood pump on a computer is useful for developing rotary blood pumps. The flow fields in the axial flow blood pump were analyzed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). A blood damage index was calculated based on the changes in shear stress with time along 937 streamlines. Hemolysis of the pumps was measured using bovine(More)
 The level of (1→3)-β-D-glucan in blood is a diagnostic index of fungal infection because it is released from the fungal cell wall. However, high levels of plasma (1→3)-β-D-glucan in patients administered blood components may give false positive results. High levels of (1→3)-β-D-glucan have been detected in blood components. We suspected that(More)
Amphiphilic hyaluronic acid (HA) derivatives bearing hydrophobic indocyanine green dye derivatives and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) were synthesized through the use of condensation and copper-catalyzed click cyclization reactions. The amphiphilic HA derivatives dissolved in water and formed self-assemblies in which the near-infrared dyes were tightly(More)
Blood compatibility of a ventricular assist device (VAD) depends on the dynamics of blood flow. The focus in most previous studies was on blood flow in the VAD. However, the tip shape and position of the VAD inflow cannula influence the dynamics of intraventricular blood flow and thus thrombus formation in the ventricle. In this study, blood flow in the(More)
We have advocated an axial flow blood pump called "valvo pump" that is implanted at the aortic valve position, and we have developed axial flow blood pumps to realize the concept of the valvo pump. The latest model of the axial flow blood pump mainly consists of a stator, a directly driven impeller, and a hydrodynamic bearing. The axial flow blood pump has(More)
UNLABELLED Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is a promising imaging modality that provides biomedical information with high sensitivity and resolution. Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) have been regarded as remarkable PA contrast agents because of their low toxicity and biodegradable properties. However, IONP delivery is restricted by its modest leakage and(More)
The new miniature axial flow pump (valvo pump 2) that is installed at the base of the ascending aorta consists of a six-phase stator, an impeller in which four neodymium magnets are incorporated, and passive magnetic bearings that suspend the impeller for axial levitation. The impeller is sustained by hydrodynamic force between the blade tip of the impeller(More)