A viscoelastic model of arterial wall motion in pulsatile flow: Implications for Doppler ultrasound clutter assessment

ArticleinPhysiological Measurement 29(2):157-79 · March 2008with29 Reads
DOI: 10.1088/0967-3334/29/2/001 · Source: PubMed
The existing computational model studies of pulsatile blood flow in arteries have assumed either rigid wall characteristics or elastic arterial wall behavior with wall movement limited to the radial direction. Recent in vivo studies have identified significant viscoelastic wall properties and longitudinal wall displacements over the cardiac cycle. Determining the nature of these movements is important for predicting the effects of ultrasound clutter in Doppler ultrasound measurements. It is also important for developing an improved understanding of the physiology of vessel wall motion. We present an analytically-based computational model based on the Womersley equations for pulsatile blood flow within elastic and viscoelastic arteries. By comparison with published in vivo data of the human common carotid artery as well as uncertainty and sensitivity analyses, it is found that the predicted waveforms are in reasonable quantitative agreement. Either a pressure, pressure gradient or volumetric flow rate waveform over a single cardiac cycle is used as an input. Outputs include the pressure, pressure gradient, radial and longitudinal fluid velocities and arterial wall displacements, volumetric flow rate and average longitudinal velocity. It is concluded that longitudinal wall displacements comparable to the radial displacements can be present and should be considered when studying the effects of tissue movement on Doppler ultrasound clutter.
    • "Because WSS acts along the arteries, an obvious hypothesis is that WSS is an important factor in the longitudinal displacement of the arterial wall. The mechanical events within the arterial wall under the forces of pulsatile flow are currently being studied using mathematical models and simulations (Buka c and Cani c 2013; Fukui et al. 2007, Hodis and Zamir 2008, 2011a, 2011b Warriner et al. 2008). The relation between WSS and the longitudinal displacement of the arterial wall has, however, not been addressed in vivo. "
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    • "(5)). Motivated by Ref. [36] , the percent energy dissipation was calculated from the difference between the loading and unloading curves normalized by the energy associated with loading. Briefly, energies associated with loading (W L ) and unloading (W U ) were calculated as "
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    • "Introduction. Recent developments in ultrasound Contour and Speckle Tracking methods make it now possible to measure in vivo radial and longitudinal arterial wall displacements [40] [13] [44] [41] [14] [1] [12] [36]. These measurements for the first time reveal that longitudinal displacement of the intima-media complex in healthy 2000 Mathematics Subject Classification. "
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