Modeling the variability of shapes of a human placenta.

  title={Modeling the variability of shapes of a human placenta.},
  author={Michael Yampolsky and Carolyn M. Salafia and Oleksandr Shlakhter and Danielle Haas and Barbara Eucker and John Thorp},
  volume={29 9},
BACKGROUND Placentas are generally round/oval in shape, but "irregular" shapes are common. In the Collaborative Perinatal Project data, irregular shapes were associated with lower birth weight for placental weight, suggesting variably shaped placentas have altered function. METHODS (I) Using a 3D one-parameter model of placental vascular growth based on Diffusion Limited Aggregation (an accepted model for generating highly branched fractals), models were run with a branching density growth… CONTINUE READING
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