The HCI Department of Stanford University is currently working with the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Lab to help them attain the following mission statement:
- Develop theoretical, computational, and experimental technology to quantify anatomic structure and physiologic response of the human vascular system under normal, diseased, and surgically-altered states.
- Implement methods for improving vascular disease diagnosis, surgical planning, and prosthesis design.
- Create transferable technology for use by medical professionals and disseminate results to scientific and medical communities.
HCI comes into particular usefulness in their Computer-Aided Surgical Planning project. The goal of this research is to design software that takes imaging data and outputs information - both anatomic and physiological - that can be used in the clinical situation. The next step is to design software that joins together diagnostic and predictive tools into a Surgical Planning Environment to aid surgeons and further improve medical care.
The Lab also uses HCI to help with their MRI Blood Flow Measurements During Exercise project. One of the goals is to validate modeling assumptions and solution predictions for computational fluid dynamics investigations.
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