Mock Circulatory Models use a combination of pumps, tubing, clamps and reservoirs to model various aspects of the circulatory system and its dysfunctions. While these systems are a simplification of actual physiology, they are helpful in understanding the transport mechanisms and distribution kinetics of agents, as well as circulation hemodynamics. Measuring volume flow through the tubing of these systems has several advantages:
- Pump flow rate and flow profile, including pulsatile and mean flow, can be confirmed.
- Knowing how much fluid is flowing though the various sections of tubing allows for the confirmation of model accuracy compared to known physiological values.
- Measuring flow during experimental conditions provides direct insight into fluid behavior at specific locations within the system.