Prosthetic heart valves of the Bjork-Shiley Convexo-Concave (BSCC) type have long been used extensively in implants; however, there have been reports of cases where one component of the valves failed, leading to the demise of the patient. This paper presents a new method for noninvasive electromagnetic evaluation for this type of valve, using an eddy current transducer with orthogonal coils. In vitro experiments have shown that discontinuities of outlet strut with depths equal or larger than 0.4mm can be detected with a probability of detection (POD) of 86.4%, and in the case of discontinuities with depth equal or larger than 0.6mm with POD of 97%.

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