British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship to investigate “Virtual Coronary Stenting”

Rebecca RoweCongratulations to Dr Rebecca Gosling who has been awarded a prestigious British Heart Foundation (BHF) Clinical Research Training Fellowship. As a BHF fellow in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, Dr Gosling's project entitled 'Virtual coronary stenting” will be used to study coronary artery intervention guided by pressure wire management with fractional flow reserve (FFR) to improve patient outcomes. This new programme of work has developed a tool to calculate FFR (virtual FFR [vFFR]) from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based upon 3D segmentation of the coronary angiogram (CAG). A spin-off is to insert a ‘virtual’ stent and predict the effect upon FFR. This will allow the operator to trial different stenting strategies in silico to determine how to obtain the best physiological result before proceeding to intervention.

Becky said “I will use this fellowship to develop this virtual stenting tool, validate it and assess the potential real world impact. This is a very exciting opportunity to work within a prestigious group on a piece of technology that has real potential to improve patient management, allowing truly optimal, personalised therapy.”