Patient-Specific Modeling of Cardiovascular Mechanics

C.A. Taylor, C.A. Figueroa
2009 Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering  
Advances in numerical methods and three-dimensional imaging techniques have enabled the quantification of cardiovascular mechanics in subjectspecific anatomic and physiologic models. Patient-specific models are being used to guide cell culture and animal experiments and test hypotheses related to the role of biomechanical factors in vascular diseases. Furthermore, biomechanical models based on noninvasive medical imaging could provide invaluable data on the in vivo service environment where
more » ... iovascular devices are employed and on the effect of the devices on physiologic function. Finally, the patient-specific modeling has enabled an entirely new application of cardiovascular mechanics, namely predicting outcomes of alternate therapeutic interventions for individual patients. We review methods to create anatomic and physiologic models, obtain properties, assign boundary conditions, and solve the equations governing blood flow and vessel wall dynamics. Applications of patient-specific models of cardiovascular mechanics are presented, followed by a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
doi:10.1146/annurev.bioeng.10.061807.160521 pmid:19400706 pmcid:PMC4581431 fatcat:hyc2p2gvwffx5m2egsvausrsla