University of Wisconsin–Madison


Current Projects Overview

Click the image on the right to get a closer look at the overall research approach for projects in the CVFD Laboratory.

The current projects in the lab are summarized below:

Comprehensive Hemodynamics of Total Cavopulmonary Connection

Altered total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) hemodynamics can cause long-term complications, and patient-specific anatomy hinders generalized solutions. This study employed the use of 4D flow MRI, CFD, and physical model experiments with a perfusion pump to analyze the outcome of surgical TCPC procedures.
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Patient Specific In-vitro Models – Additive Manufacturing Approach

This study is using medical imaging to analyze physical models that have been created using various methods of additive manufacturing (3D printing). Each method is being compared so that we can determine the best way to 3D print human anatomy in order to get accurate results from physical model experiments.
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Comprehensive Hemodynamics of Aortic Dissection

This project was focused on the analysis of a damaged human aorta through the use of medical imaging, 4D flow, computational fluid dynamics, and validation with physical model experiments.

Living Related Liver Transplant – Hemodynamics of the Living Donor

In the past two decades, the growing disparity between the number of liver transplant candidates and the supply of deceased donor organs has motivated the development of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). In order for the surgeon to both cure the patient and not harm the donor, the preoperational assessment of the transplantation efficiency needs to be highly accurate. Through this research, we are working to improve the assessment process of LDLT through the use of CFD, 4D Flow MRI, and printed physical model experiments. Read more at:

4D Flow MRI: Patient Specific Intracranial Aneurysms

By using 4D Flow MRI, we are able to study the flow dynamics through patient-specific intracranial aneurysms. Modeled from patient CT Angiography, we are able to 3D print, scan, and visualize the flow patterns inside of the aneurysm and patent artery. This research yields another way to understand hemodynamics in intracranial aneurysms.