A new computer model is expected to assist the medical physicians in saving patients with this potential life threatening condition. Assistant Professor Marie Sand Enevoldsen at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has developed a prototype computer model for AAA rupture risk evaluation. Today, the rupture risk evaluation is based on the diameter of the AAA and how fast it dilates. As long as the maximum AAA diameter is below 5-5.5 cm the risk associated with the operation is considered to be bigger than the risk of AAA rupture. However, there are smaller AAAs that rupture before reaching the diameter criteria and bigger AAAs that stabilize and never rupture. So, more detailed knowledge about the biomechanical properties of AAA is needed. This can only be acquired from a computer model.
But how should this computer model be constructed? This is exactly what Marie Sand Enevoldsen has considered during her three years as a PhD student at DTU. As part of the work she spent six months in the US working with international elite researchers within the field, and the effort has resulted in a prototype model.
“We hope to be able to use the computer model in the clinical setting within the next couple of years” states Marie Sand Enevoldsen.
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