Visualization of Myocardial Perfusion Derived from Coronary Anatomy

Maurice Termeer, Javier Oliván Bescós, Marcel Breeuwer, Anna Vilanova, Frans Gerritsen, Meister Eduard Gröller, Eike Nagel
Visualization of Myocardial Perfusion Derived from Coronary Anatomy
TVCG, 14(6):1595-1602, October 2008. [paper]

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Abstract

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{termeer-2008-vis,
  title =      "Visualization of Myocardial Perfusion Derived from Coronary
               Anatomy",
  author =     "Maurice Termeer and Javier Oliv\'{a}n Besc\'{o}s and Marcel
               Breeuwer and Anna Vilanova and Frans Gerritsen and Meister
               Eduard Gr\"{o}ller and Eike Nagel",
  year =       "2008",
  abstract =   "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. ",
  month =      oct,
  issn =       "1077-2626",
  journal =    "TVCG",
  number =     "6",
  volume =     "14",
  pages =      "1595--1602",
  keywords =   "myocardial perfusion, coronary artery territories, cardiac
               visualization",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2008/termeer-2008-vis/",
}