Using Maths to Assess Blocked Arteries

optical coherence tomography

Combining laser imaging with supercomputing, researchers are modelling the severity of artery blockages without physically probing the blood flow, and may be able to identify future danger areas

In the near future, heart specialists will be using virtual devices based on mathematics and supercomputing to predict artery blockages before they happen.

Cardiologists already have an armoury of catheter-mounted tools they use to probe blockages in our arteries, from tiny cameras that read injected dyes, to lasers that produce high-resolution 3D images.

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