Clin Surg | Volume 1, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

On the use of Geometric Modeling to Predict Aortic Aneurysm Rupture

Sruthi L. Muluk1*, Pallavi D. Muluk2, Judy Shum3 and Ender A. Finol4

1Harvard College, Cambridge MA, USA
2The Ellis School, Pittsburgh PA, USA
3The MathWorks, Natick MA, USA
4University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

*Correspondance to: Sruthi L. Muluk 

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Background: Currently, the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is determined using the maximal diameter (Dmax) of the aorta. We sought in this study to identify a set of CT-based geometric parameters that would better predict the risk of rupture than Dmax.Methods: We obtained CT Scans from 180 patients (90 ruptured AAA, 90 elective AAA repair) and then used automated software to calculate 1-dimensional, 2-dimensional, and 3-dimensional geometric parameters for each AAA. Linear regression was used to identify univariate correlates of membership in the rupture group. We then used stepwise backward elimination to generate a logistic regression model for prediction of rupture.Results: Linear regression identified 40 correlates of rupture. Following stepwise backward elimination, we developed a multi-variate logistic regression model containing 15 geometric parameters, including Dmax. This model was compared to a model containing Dmax alone. The multivariate model correctly classified 98% of all cases, whereas the Dmax-only model correctly classified 72% of cases. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis showed that the multivariate model had an area-under-the-curve (AUC) of 0.995, as compared to 0.770 for the Dmax-only model. This difference was highly significant (P< 0.0001).Conclusion: This study demonstrates that a multivariable model using geometric factors entirely measurable from CT scanning can be a better predictor of AAA rupture than maximum diameter alone.


Muluk SL, Muluk PD, Shum J, Finol EA. On the use of Geometric Modeling to Predict Aortic Aneurysm Rupture. Clin Surg. 2016; 1: 1252.

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