Rapid vessel prototyping: Vascular modeling using 3t magnetic resonance angiography and rapid prototyping technology

Michael Markl*, Ralf Schumacher, Jürg Küffer, Thorsten A. Bley, Jürgen Hennig

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Abstract

Object: Conversion of thoracic aortic vasculature as measured by Magnetic Resonance Imaging into a real physical replica. Materials and methods: Several procedural steps including data acquisition with contrast enhanced MR Angiography at 3T, data visualization and 3D computer model generation, as well as rapid prototyping were used to construct an in-vitro model of the vessel geometry. Results: A rapid vessel prototyping process was implemented and used to convert complex vascular geometry of the entire thoracic aorta and major branching arteries into a real physical replica with large anatomical coverage and high spatial resolution. Conclusion: Rapid vessel prototyping permits the creation of a concrete solid replica of a patient's vascular anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-292
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • 3D Computer Model
  • Angiography
  • MRA
  • MRI
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Thoracic Aorta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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