Taber-Cutter Heart Valve

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The Taber-Cutter non-tilting disc valve has a silastic disc and four titanium struts and cage. It is 37.6mm in diameter. It's serial number is 049M. The frame is made of titanium, a single piece to avoid weld marks, and takes an open strut design (to lower the incidence of thrombosis). The sewing ring is made of Teflon and Dacron. The valve remains sealed in a plastic bag. The valve design adopts principles of the Smeloff-Cutter prosthesis by using a full-orifice. The largest size valve that was compatible with the tissue would be used to minimize ventricular obstruction. The valve was tested in calves and dogs and results show that the valve may be advantageous for those with stenosis of the mitral valve. In 1970 the valve had been undergoing accelerated wear testing that equaled 2.5 years of clinical implantation. There was minimal wear and no evidence of cocking.
Dr. Rodman E. Taber completed medical school at the University of Iowa and afterwards served as a captain aboard a hospital ship in the Pacific during World War II. Following residency in thoracic and vascular surgery, he built a prototype heart lung machine, developed techniques used in freeze drying grafts used in vascular surgery and was instrumental in artificial heart valve design. He served as President of the Michigan Society of Thoracic Surgery.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1968
Cutter Laboratories, Inc.
place made
United States: Michigan
Physical Description
titanium (valve material)
teflon (valve material)
dacron (valve material)
silastic (valve material)
overall: 1.8 cm x 4 cm x 4 cm; 23/32 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 9/16 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña
Artificial Organs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History