Julie Kimbell
Using Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations to Study Surgery and Drug Delivery in the Nasal Passages

Surgery is commonly used to treat nasal obstruction and chronic rhinosinusitis when treatment with medication alone fails. However, outcomes from surgery are sometimes difficult to predict a priori, and it is not known whether medications delivered via conventional means are reaching target sites within the nose. These are some of the issues that researchers at the Dept. of Otolaryngology at UNC are exploring using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques in models of the nasal passages reconstructed from CT scans. This talk will give an overview of this research, with examples of model creation, simulation, and results analysis, and provide a glimpse of the enormous promise that CFD modeling has for optimizing treatment of upper airway disease.

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