Virtual angiography for visualization and validation of computational models of aneurysm hemodynamics

IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Matthew D FordDavid A Steinman


It has recently become possible to simulate aneurysmal blood flow dynamics in a patient-specific manner via the coupling of three-dimensional (3-D) X-ray angiography and cmputational fluid dynamics (CFD). Before such image-based CFD models can be used in a predictive capacity, however, it must be shown that they indeed reproduce the in vivo hemodynamic environment. Motivated by the fact that there are currently no techniques for adequately measuring complex blood velocity fields in vivo, in this paper we describe how cine X-ray angiograms may be simulated for the purpose of indirectly validating patient-sperific CFD models. Mimicking the radiological procedure, a virtual angiogram is constructed by first simulating the time-varying injection of contrast agent into a precomputed, patient-specific CFD model. A time-series of images is then constructed by simulating the attenuation of X-rays through the computed 3-D contrast-agent flow dynamics. Virtual angiographic images and residence time maps, here derived from an image-based CFD model of a giant aneurysm, are shown to be in excellent agreement wiith the corresponding clinical images and residence time maps, but only when the interaction between the quasisteady contrast agent ...Continue Reading


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