Date:2 December 2015
Researchers from the University of California have adapted Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) to illustrate vessel damage and injury.
SPH is a computational method that simulates the flow of fluid. Using SPH, this system simulates internal and external haemorrhage in an injured human body.
For the above video the team rendered a 3-D version of a portion of the human body (the lower leg) from a patient’s CT scan. A projectile is then simulated to pass through the anatomical model, and the injured vessels then start to bleed. The simulation above shows haemorrhaging accurate to the blood vessels injured.
While the team has not revealed their plans with the technology, it could potentially be used to show field medics what they could expect with certain injuries.
Watch the video above to see the simulation in action.
Image, video credit: Kwitae Chong, Chenfanfu Jiang, Anand Santhanam, Demetri Terzopoulos, Peyman Benharash, Joseph Teran and Jeff D. Eldredge from the University of California