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Heart Valve Analysis

We used laser scanning to accurately measure a series of heart valve types and then reconstructed the data to provide a full three dimensional accurate representation for use in simulation

Modelling and simulation of cardiovascular devices is playing an increasing role in the development of such products. Manufacturers seeking to bring products to market quickly with minimal cost have turned to this technology to understand and predict product performance. The accuracy of simulation of any cardiovascular device is dependent upon not only the applied numerical models, but crucially the accuracy of the underlying geometrical representation of the device. Modelling of these devices requires analysis by FSI fluid-structure-interaction to couple the mechanical, with the fluid flow, behaviours of the device. A number of methods exist for creation of this geometrical representation, one of which is laser scanning. Working alongside medical researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Romanian Institutes, we used laser scanning to accurately measure a series of heart valve types and then reconstructed the data to provide a full three dimensional accurate representation for use in simulation. This work was included in the journal paper: Reverse engineering of some cardiovascular devices

bothvalvesRafiroiu, A. Iancu, A. Lazar, I. Tiseanu, T. Craciunescu, J. Hart. International Conference on Advancements of Medicine and Health Care through Technology. Volume 26 of the series IFMBE Proceedings. pp 369-372.

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