Clogged Arteries

A new mathematical model might one day help point out which people, on the basis of a CT-scan, are most at risk of atherosclerotic plaque formation. Or such is the hope of Dr. Sasa Kenjeres (Transport Phenomena Section at AS faculty) and M.Sc. student Alexander de Loor (Burgers Centre for Fluid Dynamics) who developed a model that shows
where exactly cholesterol will accumulate in a carotid artery. The researchers calculated the blood flow patterns through the carotid based on a 3D reconstruction of CT-scans and on the ultrasound blood flow measurements of a healthy person.

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