Modelling and Laboratory Investigation into the Efficacy of a New Mechanical Thrombectomy Device

By Gillian Pearce, Neil Perkinson, John H Patrick, Amy Crowe and Franz Jaegle.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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We have designed, and tested a prototype for a new clot removal device. This recently patented ‘GP’ clot removal device has the potential to be used in the extraction of blood clots that arise in thromboembolic strokes as well as the removal of blood clots in other areas of the body. Our theorectical modelling has verified the mode of operation of the device, and our in-vitro measurements have revealed useful information concerning flow rates through a range of different sized ‘GP’ clot removal devices.

Keywords: Clot Removal, Thrombus, Fluid-Flow, Vessel Occlusion

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.145-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 766.899KB).

Dr. Gillian Pearce

Biomedical Sciences Division, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK

Gillian Pearce is a Senior lecturer in Clinical Physiology and Anatomy at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and is an Honorary research fellow at the RJAH Hospital Oswestry, UK. She is the co-inventor of the ‘GP’ Mechnical Thrombectomy Device. She graduated with degress in Physics; Biomedical sciences; a Ph.D in Astrohysics and a B.M. B.Ch in Medicine. She practised as a medical doctor in the NHS before taking up research in the field of medicine. She has several publications in Astrophysics, medicine and has patents granted and published for medical devices.

Neil Perkinson

Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Reverend Neil Perkinson was born in New Zealand and has lived in the UK since the 1970’s. He had an established career in the field of electronics before becoming an ordained priest in the Church of England. He has been a priest in the Church of England for several years in parishes in the North and South of England. He is currently Vicar of All saints, Darlaston, West Midlands, UK. He is the co-inventor of the ‘GP’ Mechanical Thrombectomy Device.

Prof. John H Patrick

Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma, Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Hospital, Oswestry, UK

John Patrick is a consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma at the Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Hospital, UK. He has several publications in Orthopaedic journals and specializes in the field of cerebral palsy. He was instrumental in the production of the Oswestry Rear Support walking frame, and more recently has also been involved in research into the mobility of stroke patients.

Amy Crowe

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Amy Crowe is an undergraduate at the University of Wolverhampton, studying for a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She has undertaken measurements on the ‘GP’ mechanical thrombectomy device for her undergraduate project under the direction and supervision of Dr. Gillian Pearce.

Franz Jaegle

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Franz Jaegle is an M.Sc. graduate of Wolverhampton University, UK. He undertook theoretical modelling of the ‘GP’ Mechanical Thrombectomy Device under the direction and supervision of Dr. Gillian Pearce, for his M.Sc project at Wolverhampton.


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