VesselMap: A web interface to explore multivariate vascular data

Document Type


Publication Date



© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Hemodynamics plays a key role in the pathological evolution of vascular diseases such as vascular stenosis, plaques and aneurysms. Augmented visualization of relevant hemodynamic and geometric data accelerates engineering designs of diagnostic and therapeutic methods for those vascular diseases. However, four dimensional (4D) hemodynamic data are intrinsically complex. Consequently, exploration of this information has not been streamlined, despite its importance. In this paper, we propose a web interface to explore multivariate hemodynamic data, thereby facilitating the visualization of spatial and temporal relationships among those hemodynamic parameters of interest. The main thrust of this web system is the proposed VesselMap methodology, a 2D representation of vessel structures that provides an overview of all query results without any visual occlusions. Furthermore, in this framework, quantile–quantile plot was also used to compare spatial variations in parameter distributions, thereby greatly aiding in extracting local characteristics of hemodynamic parameters. Using “patient-specific” computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, realistic flow velocity fields were obtained. Based on those CFD-simulated velocity fields, we performed an empirical evaluation to confirm the usefulness of our approach for biomedical engineering applications. We concluded that the proposed VesselMap methodology allowed users to rapidly interact with hemodynamic data of interest, enhancing efficacy of information retrieval.

Publication Title

Computers and Graphics (Pergamon)