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Cardiovascular Haemodynamic Simulations of Anatomically Accurate Coronaries

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Evangelos Boutsianis, Dimos Poulikakos, Yiannis Ventikos

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

Thomas Frauenfelder, Hitendu Dave, Jurg Grunenfelder, Simon Wildermuth, Gregor Zund, Marko Turina

University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Paper No. IMECE2003-42728, pp. 59-60; 2 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3710-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The present study is devoted to the investigation of the pulsatile blood flow within the first few vessels of the Left Coronary Artery (LCA) vasculature of an anatomically accurate porcine coronary tree. Transient computational fluid dynamics simulations were performed under realistic pulsatile volume inflow boundary conditions. The numerical results have provided a comprehensive collection of information regarding the haemodynamics within the LCA and its major branches, namely the Left Anterior Descending (LAD) and the Left Circumflex (LCX) arteries. The underlying principle of developing computational techniques, which would eventually allow for the realistic simulation of the vascular haemodynamics of patients, lies on the capacity of such tools for predictive diagnostics and non-invasive, hence simulation-based, surgical planning.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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