Nowadays ventricular assist devices (VAD) play an important role in the treatment of terminal heart failure. While the devices themselves have been widely studied there are no studies of patient-specific numerical simulation in this context. This could be explained by the fact that the presence of the device induces metallic artifacts and noise in the acquired images so that conventional segmentation techniques fail.
The aim of our research is to propose a robust framework for the study of VAD in patient-specific geometries which allows to simulate different stages of heart failure and different rotational speeds of the device.
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