Fabrication of vascular replicas from magnetic resonance images

J Biomech Eng. 1995 Aug;117(3):364-6. doi: 10.1115/1.2794193.


Image processing and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining techniques have been used to prepare a large-than-life investment cast of an aortic bifurcation from magnetic resonance images of a replica of the vessel. The technique will facilitate experimental studies of vascular fluid dynamics and permit the in vitro reproduction of flows in living subjects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aorta, Thoracic / anatomy & histology
  • Arteries / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • Replica Techniques*