Hemodynamics in the carotid artery bifurcation: a comparison between numerical simulations and in vitro MRI measurements.

The presence of atherosclerotic plaques has been shown to be closely related to the vessel geometry. Studies on postmortem human arteries and on the experimental animal show positive correlation between the presence of plaque thickness and low shear stress, departure of unidirectional flow and regions of flow separation and recirculation. Numerical… (More)