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Advanced computational techniques offer a new array of capabilities in the healthcare provision for cerebral aneurysms. In this paper information is provided on specific simulation methodologies that address some of the unanswered questions about intracranial aneurysm and their treatment. These include the evaluation of rupture risk, the thrombogenic characteristics of specific lesions and the efficacy assessment of particular interventional techniques and devices (e.g. endovascular coil embolisation and flow diversion using stents). The issues connected with ease-of-use and interactivity of computed simulations is discussed, and it is concluded, that the potential of these techniques to optimise planning of complex and multifaceted interventions is very significant, in spite of the fact that most of the methodologies described are still being developed and perfected.

Original publication

DOI

10.1259/bjr/14303482

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Radiol

Publication Date

01/2009

Volume

82 Spec No 1

Pages

S62 - S71

Keywords

Computer Simulation, Disease Progression, Hemorheology, Humans, Intracranial Aneurysm, Models, Cardiovascular, Prognosis, Risk Assessment, Thrombosis