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Old   December 13, 2016, 17:19
Default Medical Image Processing Softwares with CFD Analysis and 3D Printing Capabilities
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Hi all,

I am new to this forum and was directed here from another forum which I regularly use. I am a biomedical engineer by profession with research interests in Cardiovascular Medical Technology, Medical Device Development, and Flow Analysis. I have recently started research on a vascular surgical technique that involves the implantation of a particular type of stent technology to treat a very complicated vascular disease. This is my first foray into actual flow analysis within blood vessels. I have a certain set of clinical database that includes CT, Angiograms and X-rays. This will be my starting point with which I will eventually be performing computer simulation of flow as well as solid modelling and live simulation.

I want to know the types of medical image processing softwares softwares that the forum members have experience in using and their capabilities to export files for further analysis (such as CFD or 3D printing)

I am specifically looking into softwares that can do these 4 things -

Medical Image Processing and Measurements (eg. volumetric measurements of blood vessels and such)
Design, Meshing and Geometry Optimisation (be able to use the above measurements and create a mesh file or a CAD file)
Export the file for 3D printing
Export the file for CFD analysis (such as ANSYS)

I'm aware of softwares such as Endosize, 3mensio, OsiriX, TeraRecon, Mimics, 3D Slicer etc. Some of these are great at measurements and some can do almost all of what's mentioned above in one package. Out of these the only one I have experience in using is 3mensio.

If anybody has any experience in using these softwares on a regular basis or have experience on these and decided not to use them, could you please tell me why they are good/bad.

My workflow can be broken down as such -

I get the CT scans.
Perform image processing (through one of those softwares).
Take measurements (eg. volume of the aorta).
Using these measurements create a mesh file which can be exported to a CFD software for flow analysis or onto a 3D printer (for further simulation).

I've read Mimics Innovation Suite by Materialise is one software that is capable of doing all of the above?

What I am looking for in short is the ability to stick to as little softwares as possible and still be able to maximise my workflow and get the job done.

Any input with this would be of great help.

Thank you!
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Old   December 13, 2016, 17:46
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At present, some interesting simulations use the immersed boundary method, this way only the geometry of the boundaries is imported on a very simple structured grid. It would be an efficient method rather than producing a complicate grid generation.
For example, see
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FMDenaro and sbaffini,

Thank you for the information. These will definitely help!
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