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  • 1.
    Ha, Hojin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lantz, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Haraldsson, Henrik
    University of Calif San Francisco, CA 94143 USA.
    Casas Garcia, Belén
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Ziegler, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Matts
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Saloner, David
    University of Calif San Francisco, CA 94143 USA.
    Dyverfeldt, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Ebbers, Tino
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Assessment of turbulent viscous stress using ICOSA 4D Flow MRI for prediction of hemodynamic blood damage2016In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 6, article id 39773Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Flow-induced blood damage plays an important role in determining the hemodynamic impact of abnormal blood flow, but quantifying of these effects, which are dominated by shear stresses in highly fluctuating turbulent flow, has not been feasible. This study evaluated the novel application of turbulence tensor measurements using simulated 4D Flow MRI data with six-directional velocity encoding for assessing hemodynamic stresses and corresponding blood damage index (BDI) in stenotic turbulent blood flow. The results showed that 4D Flow MRI underestimates the maximum principal shear stress of laminar viscous stress (PLVS), and overestimates the maximum principal shear stress of Reynolds stress (PRSS) with increasing voxel size. PLVS and PRSS were also overestimated by about 1.2 and 4.6 times at medium signal to noise ratio (SNR) = 20. In contrast, the square sum of the turbulent viscous shear stress (TVSS), which is used for blood damage index (BDI) estimation, was not severely affected by SNR and voxel size. The square sum of TVSS and the BDI at SNR amp;gt;20 were underestimated by less than 1% and 10%, respectively. In conclusion, this study demonstrated the feasibility of 4D Flow MRI based quantification of TVSS and BDI which are closely linked to blood damage.

  • 2.
    Ha, Hojin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lantz, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Ziegler, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Casas Garcia, Belén
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Matts
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Dyverfeldt, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Ebbers, Tino
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Estimating the irreversible pressure drop across a stenosis by quantifying turbulence production using 4D Flow MRI2017In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 7, article id 46618Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The pressure drop across a stenotic vessel is an important parameter in medicine, providing a commonly used and intuitive metric for evaluating the severity of the stenosis. However, non-invasive estimation of the pressure drop under pathological conditions has remained difficult. This study demonstrates a novel method to quantify the irreversible pressure drop across a stenosis using 4D Flow MRI by calculating the total turbulence production of the flow. Simulation MRI acquisitions showed that the energy lost to turbulence production can be accurately quantified with 4D Flow MRI within a range of practical spatial resolutions (1-3 mm; regression slope = 0.91, R-2 = 0.96). The quantification of the turbulence production was not substantially influenced by the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), resulting in less than 2% mean bias at SNR amp;gt; 10. Pressure drop estimation based on turbulence production robustly predicted the irreversible pressure drop, regardless of the stenosis severity and post-stenosis dilatation (regression slope = 0.956, R-2 = 0.96). In vitro validation of the technique in a 75% stenosis channel confirmed that pressure drop prediction based on the turbulence production agreed with the measured pressure drop (regression slope = 1.15, R-2 = 0.999, Bland-Altman agreement = 0.75 +/- 3.93 mmHg).

  • 3.
    Ha, Hojin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Kangwon Natl Univ, South Korea.
    Ziegler, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Welander, Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Carlhäll, Carljohan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Lindenberger, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Ebbers, Tino
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Dyverfeldt, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Age-Related Vascular Changes Affect Turbulence in Aortic Blood Flow2018In: Frontiers in Physiology, ISSN 1664-042X, E-ISSN 1664-042X, Vol. 9, article id 36Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Turbulent blood flow is implicated in the pathogenesis of several aortic diseases but the extent and degree of turbulent blood flow in the normal aorta is unknown. We aimed to quantify the extent and degree of turbulece in the normal aorta and to assess whether age impacts the degree of turbulence. 22 young normal males (23.7 +/- 3.0 y.o.) and 20 old normal males (70.9 +/- 3.5 y.o.) were examined using four dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging (4D Flow MRI) to quantify the turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), a measure of the intensity of turbulence, in the aorta. All healthy subjects developed turbulent flow in the aorta, with total TKE of 3-19 mJ. The overall degree of turbulence in the entire aorta was similar between the groups, although the old subjects had about 73% more total TKE in the ascending aorta compared to the young subjects (young = 3.7 +/- 1.8 mJ, old = 6.4 +/- 2.4 mJ, p amp;lt; 0.001). This increase in ascending aorta TKE in old subjects was associated with age-related dilation of the ascending aorta which increases the volume available for turbulence development. Conversely, age-related dilation of the descending and abdominal aorta decreased the average flow velocity and suppressed the development of turbulence. In conclusion, turbulent blood flow develops in the aorta of normal subjects and is impacted by age-related geometric changes. Non-invasive assessment enables the determination of normal levels of turbulent flow in the aorta which is a prerequisite for understanding the role of turbulence in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease.

  • 4.
    Ziegler, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Improving Assessments of Hemodynamics and Vascular Disease2019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Blood vessels are more than simple pipes, passively enabling blood to pass through them. Their form and function are dynamic, changing with both aging and disease. This process involves a feedback loop wherein changes to the shape of a blood vessel affect the hemodynamics, causing yet more structural adaptation. This feedback loop is driven in part by the hemodynamic forces generated by the blood flow, and the distribution and strength of these forces appear to play a role in the initiation, progression, severity, and the outcome of vascular diseases.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) offers a unique platform for investigating both the form and function of the vascular system. The form of the vascular system can be examined using MR-based angiography, to generate detailed geometric analyses, or through quantitative techniques for measuring the composition of the vessel wall and atherosclerotic plaques. To complement these analyses, 4D Flow MRI can be used to quantify the functional aspect of the vascular system, by generating a full time-resolved three-dimensional velocity field that represents the blood flow.

    This thesis aims to develop and evaluate new methods for assessing vascular disease using novel hemodynamic markers generated from 4D Flow MRI and quantitative MRI data towards the larger goal of a more comprehensive non-invasive examination oriented towards vascular disease. In Paper I, we developed and evaluated techniques to quantify flow stasis in abdominal aortic aneurysms to measure this under-explored aspect of aneurysmal hemodynamics. In Paper II, the distribution and intensity of turbulence in the aorta was quantified in both younger and older men to understand how aging changes this aspect of hemodynamics. A method to quantify the stresses generated by turbulence that act on the vessel wall was developed and evaluated using simulated flow data in Paper III, and in Paper V this method was utilized to examine the wall stresses of the carotid artery. The hemodynamics of vascular disease cannot be uncoupled from the anatomical changes the vessel wall undergoes, and therefore Paper IV developed and evaluated a semi-automatic method for quantifying several aspects of vessel wall composition. These developments, taken together, help generate more valuable information from imaging data, and can be pooled together with other methods to form a more comprehensive non-invasive examination for vascular disease.

    List of papers
    1. Visualizing and quantifying flow stasis in abdominal aortic aneurysms in men using 4D flow MRI
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Visualizing and quantifying flow stasis in abdominal aortic aneurysms in men using 4D flow MRI
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    2019 (English)In: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, ISSN 0730-725X, E-ISSN 1873-5894, Vol. 57, p. 103-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To examine methods for visualizing and quantifying flow stasis in abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) using 4D Flow MRI. Methods: Three methods were investigated: conventional volumetric residence time (VRT), mean velocity analysis (MVA), and particle travel distance analysis (TDA). First, ideal 4D Flow MRI data was generated using numerical simulations and used as a platform to explore the effects of noise and background phase-offset errors, both of which are common 4D Flow MRI artifacts. Error-free results were compared to noise or offset affected results using linear regression. Subsequently, 4D Flow MRI data for thirteen (13) subjects with AAA was acquired and used to compare the stasis quantification methods against conventional flow visualization. Results: VRT (R-2 = 0.69) was more sensitive to noise than MVA (R-2 = 0.98) and TDA (R-2 = 0.99) at typical noncontrast signal-to-noise ratio levels (SNR = 20). VRT (R-2 = 0.14) was more sensitive to background phase-offsets than MVA (R-2 = 0.99) and TDA (R-2 = 0.96) when considering a 95% effective background phase-offset correction. Qualitatively, TDA outperformed MVA (Wilcoxon p amp;lt; 0.005, mean score improvement 1.6/5), and had good agreement (median score 4/5) with flow visualizations. Conclusion: Flow stasis can be quantitatively assessed using 4D Flow MRI. While conventional residence time calculations fail due to error accumulation as a result of imperfect measured velocity fields, methods that do not require lengthy particle tracking perform better. MVA and TDA are less sensitive to measurement errors, and TDA generates results most similar to those obtained using conventional flow visualization.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2019
    Keywords
    Abdominal aortic aneurysm; Hemodynamics; 4D flow MRI; Flow stasis
    National Category
    Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154524 (URN)10.1016/j.mri.2018.11.003 (DOI)000458096100012 ()30445146 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-04-17
    2. Age-Related Vascular Changes Affect Turbulence in Aortic Blood Flow
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Age-Related Vascular Changes Affect Turbulence in Aortic Blood Flow
    Show others...
    2018 (English)In: Frontiers in Physiology, ISSN 1664-042X, E-ISSN 1664-042X, Vol. 9, article id 36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Turbulent blood flow is implicated in the pathogenesis of several aortic diseases but the extent and degree of turbulent blood flow in the normal aorta is unknown. We aimed to quantify the extent and degree of turbulece in the normal aorta and to assess whether age impacts the degree of turbulence. 22 young normal males (23.7 +/- 3.0 y.o.) and 20 old normal males (70.9 +/- 3.5 y.o.) were examined using four dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging (4D Flow MRI) to quantify the turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), a measure of the intensity of turbulence, in the aorta. All healthy subjects developed turbulent flow in the aorta, with total TKE of 3-19 mJ. The overall degree of turbulence in the entire aorta was similar between the groups, although the old subjects had about 73% more total TKE in the ascending aorta compared to the young subjects (young = 3.7 +/- 1.8 mJ, old = 6.4 +/- 2.4 mJ, p amp;lt; 0.001). This increase in ascending aorta TKE in old subjects was associated with age-related dilation of the ascending aorta which increases the volume available for turbulence development. Conversely, age-related dilation of the descending and abdominal aorta decreased the average flow velocity and suppressed the development of turbulence. In conclusion, turbulent blood flow develops in the aorta of normal subjects and is impacted by age-related geometric changes. Non-invasive assessment enables the determination of normal levels of turbulent flow in the aorta which is a prerequisite for understanding the role of turbulence in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    FRONTIERS MEDIA SA, 2018
    Keywords
    turbulent kinetic energy (TKE); turbulent blood flow; aortic blood flow; aortic dilation; normal values; 4D flow MRI; phase contrast MRI
    National Category
    Physiology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145129 (URN)10.3389/fphys.2018.00036 (DOI)000423400000001 ()29422871 (PubMedID)
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council [2013-6077, 2014-6191]; Swedish Heart and Lung foundation [20140398]; Kangwon National University [D1001179-01-01]; Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) - Ministry of Education [2016R1A6A3A03006337]

    Available from: 2018-02-19 Created: 2018-02-19 Last updated: 2019-04-17
    3. Assessment of Turbulent Flow Effects on the Vessel Wall Using Four-Dimensional Flow MRI
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessment of Turbulent Flow Effects on the Vessel Wall Using Four-Dimensional Flow MRI
    2017 (English)In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, ISSN 0740-3194, E-ISSN 1522-2594, Vol. 77, no 6, p. 2310-2319Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To explore the use of MR-estimated turbulence quantities for the assessment of turbulent flow effects on the vessel wall. Methods: Numerical velocity data for two patient-derived models was obtained using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for two physiological flow rates. The four-dimensional (4D) Flow MRI measurements were simulated at three different spatial resolutions and used to investigate the estimation of turbulent wall shear stress (tWSS) using the intravoxel standard deviation (IVSD) of velocity and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) estimated near the vessel wall. Results: Accurate estimation of tWSS using the IVSD is limited by the spatial resolution achievable with 4D Flow MRI. TKE, estimated near the wall, has a strong linear relationship to the tWSS (mean R(2=)0.84). Near-wall TKE estimates from MR simulations have good agreement to CFD-derived ground truth (mean R-2=0.90). Maps of near-wall TKE have strong visual correspondence to tWSS. Conclusion: Near-wall estimation of TKE permits assessment of relative maps of tWSS, but direct estimation of tWSS is challenging due to limitations in spatial resolution. Assessment of tWSS and near-wall TKE may open new avenues for analysis of different pathologies. (C) 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    WILEY, 2017
    Keywords
    phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging; wall shear stress; turbulence; turbulent kinetic energy; aorta
    National Category
    Medical Image Processing
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138232 (URN)10.1002/mrm.26308 (DOI)000401270900022 ()27350049 (PubMedID)
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council; National Supercomputer Centre [SNIC2014-11-22]

    Available from: 2017-06-14 Created: 2017-06-14 Last updated: 2019-04-17
  • 5.
    Ziegler, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lantz, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Ebbers, Tino
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Dyverfeldt, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Assessment of Turbulent Flow Effects on the Vessel Wall Using Four-Dimensional Flow MRI2017In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, ISSN 0740-3194, E-ISSN 1522-2594, Vol. 77, no 6, p. 2310-2319Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To explore the use of MR-estimated turbulence quantities for the assessment of turbulent flow effects on the vessel wall. Methods: Numerical velocity data for two patient-derived models was obtained using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for two physiological flow rates. The four-dimensional (4D) Flow MRI measurements were simulated at three different spatial resolutions and used to investigate the estimation of turbulent wall shear stress (tWSS) using the intravoxel standard deviation (IVSD) of velocity and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) estimated near the vessel wall. Results: Accurate estimation of tWSS using the IVSD is limited by the spatial resolution achievable with 4D Flow MRI. TKE, estimated near the wall, has a strong linear relationship to the tWSS (mean R(2=)0.84). Near-wall TKE estimates from MR simulations have good agreement to CFD-derived ground truth (mean R-2=0.90). Maps of near-wall TKE have strong visual correspondence to tWSS. Conclusion: Near-wall estimation of TKE permits assessment of relative maps of tWSS, but direct estimation of tWSS is challenging due to limitations in spatial resolution. Assessment of tWSS and near-wall TKE may open new avenues for analysis of different pathologies. (C) 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

  • 6.
    Ziegler, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Welander, Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Lantz, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lindenberger, Marcus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Karlsson, Matts
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Ebbers, Tino
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Dyverfeldt, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Visualizing and quantifying flow stasis in abdominal aortic aneurysms in men using 4D flow MRI2019In: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, ISSN 0730-725X, E-ISSN 1873-5894, Vol. 57, p. 103-110Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To examine methods for visualizing and quantifying flow stasis in abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) using 4D Flow MRI. Methods: Three methods were investigated: conventional volumetric residence time (VRT), mean velocity analysis (MVA), and particle travel distance analysis (TDA). First, ideal 4D Flow MRI data was generated using numerical simulations and used as a platform to explore the effects of noise and background phase-offset errors, both of which are common 4D Flow MRI artifacts. Error-free results were compared to noise or offset affected results using linear regression. Subsequently, 4D Flow MRI data for thirteen (13) subjects with AAA was acquired and used to compare the stasis quantification methods against conventional flow visualization. Results: VRT (R-2 = 0.69) was more sensitive to noise than MVA (R-2 = 0.98) and TDA (R-2 = 0.99) at typical noncontrast signal-to-noise ratio levels (SNR = 20). VRT (R-2 = 0.14) was more sensitive to background phase-offsets than MVA (R-2 = 0.99) and TDA (R-2 = 0.96) when considering a 95% effective background phase-offset correction. Qualitatively, TDA outperformed MVA (Wilcoxon p amp;lt; 0.005, mean score improvement 1.6/5), and had good agreement (median score 4/5) with flow visualizations. Conclusion: Flow stasis can be quantitatively assessed using 4D Flow MRI. While conventional residence time calculations fail due to error accumulation as a result of imperfect measured velocity fields, methods that do not require lengthy particle tracking perform better. MVA and TDA are less sensitive to measurement errors, and TDA generates results most similar to those obtained using conventional flow visualization.

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