University of Wisconsin–Madison


  • The University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

About the CVFD Lab

The UW Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratory focuses its research on fluid dynamics analysis of physiological and pathological flows using a combination of medical imaging, additive manufacturing, and computational fluid dynamics. The results of the lab are used to develop improved diagnostic and surgical planning techniques through a collaboration with physicians.

PIV Analysis of a Catheter Injection through a Carotid Bifurcation Model

Catheters can be used to inject various types of fluids into the cardiovascular system. In the lab, we use particle image velocimetry to examine the local effects that these injections have on the fluid flow through vessels.

Video of 4D Flow Visualization

The video on the right shows one of the ways that the lab can visualize complex flow in the human body.

PIV Flow Visualization

Slow motion capture of particles in a fluid moving through a bifurcation model using particle image velocimetry.

Lab Director Featured in University Campaign Video

Lab director Dr. Alejandro Roldán-Alzate discusses innovative medical research, as featured in the University of Wisconsin All Ways Forward campaign video.