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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.

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Fluid-structure interaction in intracranial vessel walls: The role of patient-specific wall thickness

Samuel Voß
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  • Forschungscampus STIMULATE; Department of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Flows, University of Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
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/ Sylvia Saalfeld / Thomas Hoffmann / Oliver Beuing / Gábor Janiga / Philipp Berg
Published Online: 2018-09-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0141


Computational Fluid Dynamics studies try to support physicians during therapy planning of intracranial aneurysms. However, multiple assumptions (e.g. rigid vessel walls) are required leading to a sparse acceptance of numerical approaches within the medical community. This study incorporates multiple fluid-structural simulations for an intracranial basilar artery bifurcation. Based on a patient-specific dataset, which was acquired using optical coherence tomography, minimum, mean, maximum, and diameter-dependent thicknesses were generated and compared w.r.t. hemodynamic and wall stress parameters. The comparison of different wall thickness models revealed a strong variability among the analyzed parameters depending on the corresponding assumption. Using the patient-specific configuration as a reference, constant thicknesses lead to differences of up to 100 % in the mean wall stresses. Even the diameter-dependent thickness results in deviations of 32 %, demonstrating the wide variability of computational predictions due to inaccurate assumptions. The findings of this study highlight the importance of geometry reconstruction including accurate wall thickness reproduction for fluid-structure simulations. Patient-specific wall thickness seems to be out of alternatives regarding the realistic prediction of wall stress distributions.

Keywords: Fluid-structure interaction; Computational Fluid Dynamics; intracranial aneurysm; wall thickness

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Published Online: 2018-09-22

Published in Print: 2018-09-01

Citation Information: Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 587–590, ISSN (Online) 2364-5504, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0141.

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