Review of Experimental Modelling in Vascular Access for Hemodialysis

S. Drost, N. Alam, J. G. Houston, D. Newport (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This paper reviews applications of experimental modelling in vascular access for hemodialysis. Different techniques that are used in in-vitro experiments are bulk pressure and flow rate measurements, Laser Doppler Velocimetry and Vector Doppler Ultrasound point velocity measurements, and whole-field measurements such as Particle Image Velocimetry, Ultrasound Imaging Velocimetry, Colour Doppler Ultrasound, and Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence. Of these methods, the ultrasound techniques can also be used in-vivo, to provide realistic boundary conditions to in-vitro experiments or numerical simulations. In the reviewed work, experimental modelling is mainly used to support computational models, but also in some cases as a tool on its own. It is concluded that, to further advance the utility of computational modelling in vascular access research, a rigorous verification and validation procedure should be adopted. Experimental modelling can play an important role in both in-vitro validation, and the quantification of the accuracy, uncertainty, and reproducibility of in-vivo measurement methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-341
Number of pages12
JournalCardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Issue number3
Early online date31 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017


  • Vascular access
  • In-vitro experiments
  • Hemodialysis
  • Experimental validation
  • Hemodynamics


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