Visualization of Myocardial Perfusion Derived from Coronary Anatomy

M.A. Termeer, Javier Olivan Bescos, Marcel Breeuwer, Anna Vilanova, F.A. Gerritsen, Meister Eduard Groeller, E. Nagel
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. IEEE Visualization), Volume 14, Number 6, page 1595 -1602 - 2008
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Visually assessing the effect of the coronary artery anatomy on the perfusion of the heart muscle in patients with coronary artery disease remains a challenging task. We explore the feasibility of visualizing this effect on perfusion using a numerical approach. We perform a computational simulation of the way blood is perfused throughout the myocardium purely based on information from a three-dimensional anatomical tomographic scan. The results are subsequently visualized using both three-dimensional visualizations and bull’s eye plots, partially inspired by approaches currently common in medical practice. Our approach results in a comprehensive visualization of the coronary anatomy that compares well to visualizations commonly used for other scanning technologies. We demonstrate techniques giving detailed insight in blood supply, coronary territories and feeding coronary arteries of a selected region. We demonstrate the advantages of our approach through visualizations that show information which commonly cannot be directly observed in scanning data, such as a separate visualization of the supply from each coronary artery. We thus show that the results of a computational simulation can be effectively visualized and facilitate visually correlating these results to for example perfusion data.

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@Article { TBVGGN08,
  author       = "Termeer, M.A. and Bescos, Javier Olivan and Breeuwer, Marcel and Vilanova, Anna and Gerritsen, F.A. and
                  Groeller, Meister Eduard and Nagel, E.",
  title        = "Visualization of Myocardial Perfusion Derived from Coronary Anatomy",
  journal      = "IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. IEEE Visualization)",
  number       = "6",
  volume       = "14",
  pages        = "1595 -1602",
  year         = "2008",
  url          = ""

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