UH Math Professors awarded grant to improve echocardiogram interpretation.
Suncica Canic (PI; professor of UH Department of Mathematics)
Roland Glowinski (co-PI; professor of UH Department of Mathematics)
Annalisa Quaini (post-doc of UH Department of Mathematics)
Dr. Steve Little (collaborator, Methodist Hospital, De Bakey Heart and Vascular Center)
Dr. William Zoghbi (collaborator, Methodist Hospital, De Bakey Heart and Vascular Center)
Description: The main goal of this study is fluid-structure interaction (FSI) in blood flow with a novel application to color Doppler assessment of heart valve regurgitation. While color Doppler echocardiography is routinely used by physicians to diagnose and assess the severity of mitral valve regurgitation, there is a need for quantitative, rather than qualitative, assessment of valve dysfunction leading to clinical decisions for its treatment. By combining echocardiographic measurements and state-of-the-art mathematical modeling, analysis and simulation, the outstanding team composed of the mathematicians at the University of Houston (UH) and leaders in echocardiographic measurements at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, is planning to incorporate mathematical FSI into quantitative echocardiographic assessment of complex intracardiac flows with the aim to validate, refine and reinforce the application of emerging echocardiographic technologies in the assessment of mitral valve regurgitation.
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