Algorithm predicts artery rupture

WA scientists have developed a cheap test to predict if a patient will suffer a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm—a deadly condition where the blood pressure inside a weakened artery causes it to suddenly burst.

Aneurysms are permanent, mainly symptomless and develop when part of a blood vessel swells like a balloon.

The condition can cause sudden death from severe internal bleeding.

Doctors use medical imaging to locate and measure aneurysms, but they are unable to detect when a vessel has reached bursting point.

University of Western Australia biomechanic Dr Grand Joldes says his team developed an algorithm to quickly map the amount of , or tension, on an .