Blood flow simulator is poised to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases
A supercomputer blood flow simulator developed at Duke University is poised to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases, the university reports.Amanda Randles, the Alfred Winborne Mordecai and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke, is developing a massively parallel fluid dynamics simulation called HARVEY capable of modeling the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution, according to the announcement.
The program is already fostering discoveries that could improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases.
With a long history of developing and applying high-performance computing to biomedical problems, HARVEY combined Randles's knowledge of applied physics, computational methods and parallel computing to develop a physiologically accurate model of the movement of red blood cells throughout the body, according to the article.
One of her recent successes mapped 500 billion fluid points using a supercomputer with 1.6 million cores (individual processors), marking the first time a researcher had been able to effectively model the flow of blood at the cellular level, it states. Randles is a BMES member.
Former Duke undergraduate turned research associate Harvey Shi is working to create a Graphical User Interface for the program. Once completed, physicians will be able to use virtual reality or augmented reality systems to better understand an individual's blood flow to make more informed decisions about treatment options such as where to place a stent.
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