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Mesh development for a finite element model of the carotid artery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16817606     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A technique for developing a structured, hexahedral and quadrilateral mesh for use in finite element analyses of the carotid artery is presented. The model is reconstructed from 270 Computed Tomography (CT) images (slice thickness 0.625mm) of a 57 year old male subject and extends from the arch of the aorta to the base of the jaw. The structured mesh was generated using an unstructured, automatically generated tetrahedral mesh of the intimal surface of the carotid artery and its branches. A parametric meshing software package was used to create the structured mesh, facilitating mesh density studies. The change in volume and surface area introduced when converting the mesh from tetrahedral to hexahedral elements (+1.5% change in volume, -1.4% change in surface area) is small in comparison to estimated error introduced in the segmentation process. The technique introduced will benefit finite element and fluid dynamic studies of the carotid artery investigating mechanically induced pathology at both physiologic loading rates (i.e., atherosclerotic plaque formation) and high strain rates (i.e., blunt trauma).
F Scott Gayzik; Josh C Tan; Stefan M Duma; Joel D Stitzel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biomedical sciences instrumentation     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0067-8856     ISO Abbreviation:  Biomed Sci Instrum     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-04     Completed Date:  2006-07-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0140524     Medline TA:  Biomed Sci Instrum     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Carotid Arteries / anatomy & histology*,  physiology*
Computer Simulation*
Finite Element Analysis*
Models, Cardiovascular*
Stress, Mechanical

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