Through his undergraduate degree, Eason was able to learn about the engineering properties of diseased aortas and the structural differences that affect their function when diseased. As he worked through this project, he looked for further opportunities to transfer his engineering background into healthcare research applications. Eason joined King's College for his master's degree where he worked on surgical simulation equipment. In this project he gained experience in novel 3D printing techniques, using silicone to create phantoms as well as the process of selecting the most important characteristics of the organ when building a phantom. Furthermore, he explored the key factors in improving the realism of medical simulation.
Eason's PhD combines these elements of his experience, as he builds an in vitro cardiovascular simulation rig. This simulator will be used to evaluate stents used in the endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms and will also be used to validate in silico tools for cardiac simulations. Eason hopes to be able to classify the haemodynamic differences between branched, and fenestrated endovascular repairs. Through this project, he hopes to build a simulator that can be adapted to multiple arterial systems.
Development of a cardiovascular simulator rig;
Production and testing of healthy and diseased abdominal aorta phantoms;
Evaluation of stents and computational models