Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been used for several years to identify mechanical risk factors associated with aneurysmal evolution and rupture as well as to understand flow characteristics before and after surgical treatments in order to help the clinical decision making process. We used the keywords, “CFD” and “aneurysms” to search recent publications since about 2000, and categorized them into (i) studies of rupture risk factors and (ii) investigations of pre- and post-evaluations of surgical treatment with devices like coils and flow diverters (FD). This search enables us to examine the current status of CFD as a clinical tool and to determine if CFD can potentially become an important part of the routine clinical practice for the evaluation and treatment of aneurysms in near future. According to previous reports, it has been argued that CFD has become a quite robust non-invasive tool for the evaluation of surgical devices, especially in the early stages of device design and it has also been applied successfully to the study of rupture risk assessment. However, we find that due to the large number of pre-processing inputs further efforts of validation and reproducibility of CFD with larger clinical datasets are still essential to identify standardized mechanical risk factors. As a result, we identify the following needs to have a robust CFD tool for clinical use: (i) more reliability tests through validation studies, (ii) analyses of larger generalized clinical datasets to find converging universal risk parameters, (iii) fluid structure interaction (FSI) analyses to better understand the detailed vascular remodeling processes associated with aneurysm growth, evolution and rupture, and (iv) better coordinated and organized communications and collaborations between engineers and clinicians.
- Endovascular devices
- Rupture risk factors