Michael W. Gee

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As a degenerative and inflammatory desease of elderly patients, about 80% of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) show considerable wall calcification. Effect of calcifications on computational wall stress analyses of AAAs has been rarely treated in literature so far. Calcifications are heterogeneously distributed, non-fibrous, stiff plaques which are most(More)
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a balloon-like dilation of the aorta, which is potentially fatal in case of rupture. Computational finite element (FE) analysis is a promising approach to a more accurate and patient-specific rupture risk prediction. AAA wall strength and rupture potential index (RPI) calculation are implemented in our FE software.(More)
Both the clinically established diameter criterion and novel approaches of computational finite element (FE) analyses for rupture risk stratification of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are based on assumptions of population-averaged, uniform material properties for the AAA wall. The presence of inter-patient and intra-patient variations in material(More)
OBJECTIVE In principle, superiority of computational wall stress analyses compared with the maximum diameter criterion for rupture risk evaluation of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) has been demonstrated. The results of finite element analyses should be evaluated carefully, however, because computational strains and stresses are highly dependent on the(More)
In the present work, we develop a three-dimensional isotropic finite-strain damage model for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) wall that considers both the characteristic softening of the material caused by damage and the spatial variation of the material properties. A strain energy function is formulated that accounts for a hyperelastic, slightly(More)
It has been shown by our group and by others1,2 that increased glucose metabolism in the aortic wall of patients with aneurysms of the abdominal aorta (AAA) can be visualized in vivo by F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). Interestingly, an increased glucose metabolism in AAA wall was strongly associated with rapid progression or(More)
In abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) simulation the patient-specific geometry of the object of interest is very often reconstructed from in vivo medical imaging such as CT scans. Such geometries represent a deformed configuration stressed by typical in vivo conditions. However, commonly, such structures are considered stress-free in simulation. In this(More)