Three-dimensional blood flow dynamics: spiral/helical laminar flow

Peter A Stonebridge

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    13 Citations (Scopus)


    Recent work in cardiac and peripheral vascular blood flow has shown evidence for an elegant complexity to flow within the heart and in the large to medium arteries. Blood flow is normally described as laminar in that the blood travels smoothly or in regular paths. The velocity, pressure, and other flow properties at each point in the fluid remain constant, all parallel to each other. Our understanding has revolved around a two-dimensional representation of flow within three-dimensional (3-D) blood vessels. However, MRI and color Doppler flow imaging techniques have demonstrated that there is a spiral/helical/rotational property to laminar blood flow. (In this article, this blood flow profile will be termed spiral laminar flow though all are equally valid terms.) The column of blood turns on a central axis as it passes along the major
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-26
    Number of pages6
    JournalMethodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Aorta
    • Blood Circulation
    • Blood Flow Velocity
    • Blood Vessel Prosthesis
    • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
    • Cardiovascular Diseases
    • Coronary Circulation
    • Endovascular Procedures
    • Hemodynamics
    • Humans
    • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Models, Cardiovascular
    • Regional Blood Flow
    • Stents
    • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Color


    Dive into the research topics of 'Three-dimensional blood flow dynamics: spiral/helical laminar flow'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this