Radial Pulsatile Durability Testing, Coating Durability and Bend Testing of Stents and Stent Grafts

Stent Testing

As an independent testing lab, Dynatek Labs offers testing for pulsatile durability, coating durability and bend testing of stents and stent grafts from 2 to 50 mm ID routinely.  Stents may be bare metal, coated or bioabsorbable.  We also test endovascular devices such as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent grafts and thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) stent grafts. For more information on Acute Phase Particulate Testing at Dynatek, click here .

Dynatek Labs performs radial pulsatile durability and fatigue testing, and bend testing of vascular stents and stent grafts compliant with the following standards:

ISO 25539-1:2015 – Cardiovascular Implants – Endovascular Devices – Part 1: Endovascular Prostheses

ISO 25539-2:2012 – Cardiovascular Implants – Endovascular Devices – Part 2: Vascular Stents

Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Non-Clinical Engineering Tests and Recommended Labeling for Intravascular Stents and Associated Delivery Systems; April 18, 2010

ASTM F2477-07 – Standard Test Methods for in vitro Pulsatile Durability Testing of Vascular Stents

USP General Chapter <788> Particulate Matter in Injections

AAMI TIR42:2010 – Evaluation of Particulates Associated with Vascular Medical Devices

ISO 7198:1998/2001/(R) 2010 – Cardiovascular Implants – Tubular Vascular Prostheses

Radial Pulsatile Durability

Radial pulsatile durability testing is performed in our contract testing lab on one of several proprietary test platforms listed above, to evaluate the long-term mechanical integrity of the stent or stent graft under pulsatile cyclic loading conditions.

A wide range of stents and stent grafts from 2 mm to 50 mm ID can be tested on our radial pulsatile durability testers.  Stents are mounted in mock silicone vessels that are manufactured in our silicone vessel facility.  These mock silicone vessels can be straight, curved or bifurcated, and are made to virtually any range of compliance that our customers require for radial fatigue testing of stents.  As mentioned above, very large vascular prostheses such as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent grafts and thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) stent grafts with IDs of up to 50 mm are routinely tested for radial pulsatile durability at Dynatek.

Test platforms for radial pulsatile durability:

Dynatek Labs tests stents and stent grafts for pulsatile durability.  Pulsatile durability of stents and stent grafts is tested on one of the following platforms:


  1. SVP-24 Stent and Vascular Prosthesis Tester
  2. UST Universal Stent Tester
  3. LVP Large Vascular Prosthesis Tester
  4. SVP216 Small Vascular Prosthesis Tester

Coating Durability Testing

When a stent or stent graft is tested on the CDT-5 or CDT-20, it is tested for both pulsatile durability and coating durability simultaneously.

Coating durability of coated stents is evaluated using our custom-designed laser particle counters and membrane filter system, along with the associated software.  This membrane filter system is located downstream of the sample stent.  Particles shed by the coated stent first flow through the laser particle counter that enumerates and sizes particles from 7 to 1,000 microns.  The particles then flow into the membrane filter system, where they are captured for further analysis that may include Scanning Electron Microscopy with chemical analysis of particles performed by Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy.

Counting, sizing and chemical analysis of the particles shed by the coating on your stent or stent graft provides critical data about the integrity and efficacy of the coating and its possible efficacy in vivo.

Test platforms for coating durability:

Coating durability of stents or stent grafts is tested on one of the following platforms:


  1. CDT-5 Coating Durability Tester
  2. CDT-20 Coating Durability Tester

Bending Tests of Stents

Dynatek Labs has performed bend testing of carotid artery stents in a tester custom-designed to replicate the motion of the carotid artery during head turning.  In addition, bend testing of renal artery stents in customized testers designed to replicate the bending of the renal artery during respiration has also been performed.  Both tests are performed to evaluate the integrity of the stents under non-radial fatigue such as bending stresses, and data obtained from the tests were used for FDA submission.  In addition to renal and carotid artery devices, Dynatek Labs offers testing to replicate radial and non-radial forces of other anatomical locations, including the superficial femoral artery, popliteal artery, and axillary artery.

Dynatek Labs’ custom-designed Three-Point Bend Test and Flexion Bending Test platforms are designed to ensure that your stents meet FDA and ISO bend testing requirements.

Stent Migration

When a stent applies a sufficient amount of radial force to the vessel walls, it can resist migration.  However, the prevention of stent migration leads to other complications: re-occlusion of the vessel and a difficult removal procedure for the stent.  Thus, stent manufacturers try to design stents that have a high resistance to migration but are also easily removable when needed.

Dynatek Labs has custom approaches to test for stent migration.  We can test your stent under clinically relevant conditions and evaluate its tendency to migrate.


Bioabsorbable Stents and Polymeric Stents

For innovative devices such as polymeric or bioabsorbable stents, regulatory bodies tend to apply, at a minimum, the same tests and criteria that are used to evaluate drug-eluting stents unless the manufacturer can justify an exception to the applicable standard.

Normal durability periods of 400 million cycles may not apply to bioabsorbable stents that are absorbed in the body in 12-24 months.  However, coating durability tests to evaluate particle generation by the stent coating and possibly by the stent itself due to its inherent ability to undergo degradation in a fluid environment should be performed as part of regulatory submissions.

Dynatek Labs can also perform customized tests to evaluate the rate of degradation of bioabsorbable stents over time.


Testing to Success and Testing to Failure

Durability testing up to 400 million cycles is often called ‘testing to success,’ since stents that have successfully withstood the stresses and strains of 400 million cycles are understood to have passed the test.  Testing to success is indicative of the durability of the stent under physiological conditions of systolic/diastolic pressures encountered in accelerated radial pulsatile durability testing.  However, testing to success does not predict the endurance limit or fatigue life of the stent, i.e., there is no way to know under what conditions, including conditions that may exceed physiological parameters, the stent or stent graft would fail.

To address this weakness, new regulations outline test requirements that are now concerned with predicting fatigue lifetime of the stent or stent graft and require stent manufacturers to test their products under a ‘testing to failure’  or ‘test to fracture’ regime.  The 2010 FDA Guidance Document recommends that stents and stent grafts be tested up to their ‘endurance limit,’ and ISO requires the implant to be tested under ‘a worst-case physiological load.’  While ISO does not require manufacturers to test implants under conditions that may exceed physiological conditions, the FDA’s testing to failure recommendation has no such restriction.

Dynatek Labs has radial pulsatile durability testers that can test stents and stent grafts under testing to success and testing to fracture regimes.  According to ASTM and ISO, the best way to define the fatigue life of an implanted device is to combine appropriate stress/strain analysis with tools like finite element analysis (FEA) combined with physical test to failure or test to fracture.  We have in-house protocols for durability testing and testing to fracture, and we would be happy to either work with your test protocol or develop one for you based on your requirements.


Protocol for durability testing:

Dynatek Labs has standard protocols for testing your vascular stent, based on the standards and regulations listed above.  However, we routinely create custom protocols for specific requirements for virtually any vascular device and would be happy to develop a custom protocol for you.

Dynatek Labs fabricates our own silicone mock vessels to meet FDA requirements and ISO 7198 regulations.  We fabricate the most accurate and consistently precise mock vessels needed for your durability testing, and these vessels can be straight, curved, bent, bifurcated or completely custom per your specifications.


Test Monitoring and Reports

Dynatek offers visual inspections, as well as still, and optional video and high-speed photography during pulsatile durability and coating durability testing of stents and stent grafts.

All testing, inspections, monitoring and reporting are GLP-compliant.  Dynatek’s test reports are detailed and comprehensive documents that can be directly submitted to regulatory agencies and typically include the following sections:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Scope
  3. Methods and Materials
  4. Sample Description
  5. Test Parameters
  6. Observations
  7. Results

The report also contains a copy of the actual protocol used to run the test, sample photographs and tester photographs, and copies of relevant certificates of calibration of sensors used on the test platform.  In addition to a hard copy of the report, we also include a complete digital version of the same material on a CD and ship it to you.

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Testing

Dynatek Labs is developing a custom Inferior Vena Cava Filter Test platform, for testing IVC filters.  While ISO and other regulatory bodies refer to IVC filter testing, manufacturers of IVC filters need to develop a custom test protocol that addresses the requirements of their device in the context of anatomic variability and morphological changes.

Dynatek Labs will partner with you to understand the design and testing requirements of your IVC filter thoroughly, and develop a test protocol independently or in cooperation with your team.

Customized durability and fatigue testing of your IVC filter as well as the clot trapping ability of your device can be performed by us, in a manner that will be compliant with ISO and FDA requirements.

Dynatek Labs, Inc.
105 East 4th Street
Galena, MO 65656
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