Validation of conductance catheter system for quantification of murine pressure-volume loops

Bo Yang, Douglas F. Larson, Julie Beischel, Ryan Kelley, Jiaqi Shi, Ronald R. Watson

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The purpose of this study was to define the validation methods and outcomes of a conductance catheter system specifically for in vivo murine cardiac hemodynamic analysis. To express the relationship between conductance and blood volumes, we used an in vitro model to derive a volume-conductance line. The volume-conductance line was used to compute raw volume from the modified conductance signals. The parallel volume was calibrated with hypertonic (15%) saline injected from extrajugular vein. The ventricular volume was computed by raw volume minus parallel volume. The accuracy of conductance volumetric measurements was validated with a static in situ infusion of calibrated volumes of whole blood injected into arrested left ventricles. In vivo dynamic measurements were performed with 24 C57B1/6 mice, 6 months old; for comparison of established values. The in situ model showed that after calibration, the experimental coefficient, α, was equal to 1 and the measured volume by conductance catheter was equal to the true volume of the left ventricle (y = 0.982× + 0.513, p < .0001). For the in vivo models, the end-diastolic volumes and the stroke volumes and cardiac output determined with the conductance catheter system were 17.3 ± 1.0 μL, 10.6 ± 0.9 μL, and 6.0 ± 0.5 mL/min, respectively. We validated the relationship between measured volume by conductance catheter and the true volume and demonstrated the accuracy of the volume-conductance line for conversion of conductance to volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-355
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Investigative Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001


  • Conductance
  • Hemodynamics
  • Mouse
  • PRSW
  • Ventricular function
  • Ventricular mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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