Table 4 : Mesh independency study, the PCS for each model along with the number of elements used are shown in
row A and B.

  Models

1E

1F

1G

2D 3D S* 3D C* 2D 3D S 3D C 2D 3D S 3D C

A PCS kPa 393 116 485 352 207 453 254 169 413
Elements 3411 112150 114605 4090 102222 108182 2949 32600 129493

B PCS kPa 391 117 491 348 205 444 250 170 411
Elements 6135 189184 187733 5216 160376 186908 6186 71096 203917
  Comparison % 0.5 0.8 1.2 1.1 1 2 1.6 0.6 0.5

In row B, models were meshed with more elements in comparison with models in row A. Results show an acceptable range for
discrepancy of PCS in each plaque model; thus, the mesh models employed in row A are sufficiently precise to be used for our
computational approach. PCS at t=0.2s has been considered for this comparison. *S denotes the sphere-like models and
*C the cylinderlike models.

Mohammadi et al.Cardiovascular System  2015 3:3DOI : 10.7243/2052-4358-3-3