Virtual Exploration of a Cardiovascular System

TitleVirtual Exploration of a Cardiovascular System
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsJoerg Meyer, Elke Moritz, Thomas Wischgoll
Abstract

Virtual biomedical models can help to better understand how diseases affect the function of parts and organs of the human body. By thoroughly exploring such a model, scientists and surgeons are able to analyze the effects of different treatment options, and ultimately find more appropriate ways to prevent diseases. Specifically a virtual model of the vascular system of the heart can aid in finding out more about the way the heart functions, and might give insights in what causes conditions such as coronary heart disease (CHD), which still is the number one killer in the United States. We have developed a system which allows the exploration of a detailed geometric 3D model of the cardiovascular tree in a scalable virtual environment in real time.