Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Sotelo J., Urbina J., Valverde I., Mura J., Tejos C., Irarrázaval P., Andia M.E., Hurtado D.E. and Uribe S. (2018)

Three-dimensional quantification of vorticity and helicity from 3D cine PC-MRI using finite-element interpolations

Revista : Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volumen : 79
Número : 1
Páginas : 541-553
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación



We propose a 3D finite-element method for the quantification of vorticity and helicity density from 3D cine phase-contrast (PC) MRI.

By using a 3D finite-element method, we seamlessly estimate velocity gradients in 3D. The robustness and convergence were analyzed using a combined Poiseuille and Lamb-Ossen equation. A computational fluid dynamics simulation was used to compared our method with others available in the literature. Additionally, we computed 3D maps for different 3D cine PC-MRI data sets: phantom without and with coarctation (18 healthy volunteers and 3 patients).

We found a good agreement between our method and both the analytical solution of the combined Poiseuille and Lamb-Ossen. The computational fluid dynamics results showed that our method outperforms current approaches to estimate vorticity and helicity values. In the in silico model, we observed that for a tetrahedral element of 2 mm of characteristic length, we underestimated the vorticity in less than 5% with respect to the analytical solution. In patients, we found higher values of helicity density in comparison to healthy volunteers, associated with vortices in the lumen of the vessels.

We proposed a novel method that provides entire 3D vorticity and helicity density maps, avoiding the used of reformatted 2D planes from 3D cine PC-MRI. Magn Reson Med, 2017. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.