Computational Structural Modelling of Coronary Stent Deployment: A Review

David Martin, Dublin Institute of Technology
Fergal Boyle, Dublin Institute of Technology

Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering (2011) Volume: 14, Issue: 4, Pages: 331-348. PubMed: 20589544 Available from


The finite element (FE) method is a powerful investigative tool in the field of biomedical engineering, particularly in the analysis of medical devices such as coronary stents whose performance is extremely difficult to evaluate in vivo. In recent years, a number of FE studies have been carried out to simulate the deployment of coronary stents, and the results of these studies have been utilised to assess and optimise the performance of these devices. The aim of this paper is to provide a thorough review of the state-of-the-art research in this area, discussing the aims, methods and conclusions drawn from a number of significant studies. It is intended that this paper will provide a valuable reference for future research in this area.