Three dimensional computational fluid dynamics of cerebrospinal fluid motion within the spinal cavity

Wojciech Kalata, Seung Lee, Nicole Piersol, Noam Alperin, Paul Fischer, Francis Loth

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This study investigates the three-dimensional pulsatile velocity field within the spinal cavity using computation fluid dynamics. Geometry of the spinal canal was obtained non-invasively in a healthy volunteer using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The flow waveform of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was obtained using phase contrast magnetic resonance (PCMR). Numerical simulation of this unsteady flow revealed blunt velocity profiles indicating a relatively inertial dominated flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-450
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
EventProceedings of the 2001 Bioengineering Conference - Snowbird, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2001Jul 1 2001

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  • Engineering(all)

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