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Patient Specific Cardiovascular Modeling and the Predictive Paradigm in Medicine

Thomas J. R. Hughes  (University of Texas at Austin)
Masterworks Session
HPC in Biomedical Informatics I
Wednesday,  10:30AM - 11:15AM
Room 18A/18B/18C/18D
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the industrialized world and by 2010 it will be the leading cause of death in the developing world as well. This presentation describes the advent of a new era in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in which engineering methodologies of design, analysis and optimization will be utilized to create and analyze patient-specific models obtained from medical imaging data, enabling predictions of outcomes to be made based on virtual intervention scenarios. A confluence of recent advances in simulation based engineering technologies have brought about a unique opportunity to redirect cardiovascular medicine from its traditional diagnostic paradigm, based on statistics and the experience of the physician, to a predictive paradigm, in which geometrically and physiologically accurate computer models of individual patients will be used to determine optimal treatments.
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