Computational fluid dynamics models and congenital heart diseases

Front Pediatr. 2013 Feb 26;1:4. doi: 10.3389/fped.2013.00004.


Mathematical modeling is a powerful tool to investigate hemodynamics of the circulatory system. With improving imaging techniques and detailed clinical investigations, it is now possible to construct patient-specific models of reconstructive surgeries for the treatment of congenital heart diseases. These models can help clinicians to better understand the hemodynamic behavior of different surgical options for a treated patient. This review outlines recent advances in mathematical modeling in congenital heart diseases, the discoveries and limitations these models present, and future directions that are on the horizon.

Keywords: fluid dynamics; mathematical model; medical images; patient-specific.

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  • Review