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Welcome to the Cardiovascular Flow Modeling Laboratory

The mission of the Cardiovascular Flow Modeling Laboratory (CFM Lab) is to improve diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular disease by conducting engineering analysis of blood flow dynamics. In this research, computational and experimental modeling is combined with medical imaging in order to provide patient-specific flow analysis. Directed by Dr. Rayz, CFM lab works in close collaboration with neurovascular surgeons and radiologist in several medical institutions, including University of California San Francisco, Northwestern University School of Medicine and the University of Lyon. In our studies, image-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models are used to determine hemodynamic variables related to vascular disease progression and predict flow changes that would result form alternative treatment options. These models provide clinicians with valuable quantitative data not available from medical imaging alone. While the main focus of our studies is on numerical simulations of the flow in cerebral aneurysms, we are also involved in modeling blood flow in other vascular territories as well as in design and optimization of biomedical devices, such as a Chemofilter device removing chemotherapy drugs from blood. Our research projects are primary funded by the NIH.