3D visualization of normal peak systolic aortic blood flow using vector fields and color coding (A) and a series of systolic 3D streamlines (B). The gray shaded iso-surface represents the vessel lumen boundaries defined by the 3D PC-MR angiogram. Color coding reflects the local absolute velocity. Typical normal flow patterns such as flow acceleration near the aortic valve (A) or mild right-handed helical systolic flow in the ascending aorta (B) can be appreciated. See also additional file 1.