Geometric Deep Learning for the Assessment of Thrombosis Risk in the Left Atrial Appendage

Xabier Morales*, Jordi Mill, Guillem Simeon, Kristine A. Juhl, Ole De Backer, Rasmus R. Paulsen, Oscar Camara

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The assessment of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombogenesis has experienced major advances with the adoption of patient-specific computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Nonetheless, due to the vast computational resources and long execution times required by fluid dynamics solvers, there is an ever-growing body of work aiming to develop surrogate models of fluid flow simulations based on neural networks. The present study builds on this foundation by developing a deep learning (DL) framework capable of predicting the endothelial cell activation potential (ECAP), linked to the risk of thrombosis, solely from the patient-specific LAA geometry. To this end, we leveraged recent advancements in Geometric DL, which seamlessly extend the unparalleled potential of convolutional neural networks (CNN), to non-Euclidean data such as meshes. The model was trained with a dataset combining 202 synthetic and 54 real LAA, predicting the ECAP distributions instantaneously, with an average mean absolute error of 0.563. Moreover, the resulting framework manages to predict the anatomical features related to higher ECAP values even when trained exclusively on synthetic cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFunctional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart
EditorsDaniel B. Ennis, Luigi E. Perotti, Vicky Y. Wang
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9783030787097
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event11th International Conference on Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart - Virtual, Online
Duration: 21 Jun 202125 Jun 2021


Conference11th International Conference on Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12738 LNCS

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Funding Information:
Funding. This work was supported by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of the Generalitat de Catalunya under the Grants for the Contracting of New Research Staff Programme - FI (2020-FI-B-00690) and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the Programme for the Formation of Doctors (PRE2018-084062), the Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence Programme (MDM-2015-0502) and the Retos Investigación project (RTI2018-101193-B-I00). Additionally, this work was supported by the H2020 EU SimCardioTest project (Digital transformation in Health and Care SC1-DTH-06-2020; grant agreement No. 101016496).

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  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Geometric deep learning
  • Left atrial appendage
  • Thrombus formation


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