Hemodynamic forces are thought to play a critical role in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) formation and growth, as well as in the migration and failure of aortic stent grafts. Computational simulation of blood flow enables the study of such hemodynamic forces; however, these simulations require accurate geometries and boundary conditions, usually in the form of flow and pressure data at specific locations. Although hundreds of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies of AAA geometry are performed daily in the clinical setting, flow information is difficult to obtain: It is not possible to reliably measure flow using CT, and while phase-contrast MRI (PC-MRI) can measure velocities, it is rarely used clinically for AAA patients. As a result, many AAA blood flow simulations use highly resolved patient-specific geometries, but may utilize literature-derived flows for inlet boundary conditions from a single, unrelated, sometimes healthy person of dissimilar body mass.

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