Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve Prosthesis

Description (Brief)
Biomedical engineer Donald P. Shiley (1920-2010) and Viking O. Björk (1918-2009) professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, began working on their artificial valve around 1968. They were intent on developing an improved tilting-disk valve that would work in a narrow aortic root. This aortic valve is a spherical-shaped tilting carbon disk with a woven Teflon sewing ring.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1980
maker
Shiley Incorporated
place made
United States: California, Irvine
location of prior holder
United States: California, Irvine
Physical Description
carbon (overall material)
teflon (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 2 in; 2.8575 cm x 5.715 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
1985.0439.02
accession number
1985.0439
catalog number
1985.0439.02
Credit Line
Shiley Incorporated
subject
Medicine
Cardiology
Prosthesis
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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