Patients to benefit from new 3-D visualizations of the heart

ScienceDaily | 9/11/2017 | Staff
This is how Robert Stephenson from Aarhus University/Aarhus University Hospital summarizes the clinical and research implications of the new 3D imaging method that allows 3D reproductions of the human conduction system.

The new technique is described in the research article, High resolution 3-Dimensional imaging of the human cardiac conduction system from microanatomy to mathematical modeling, recently published by Robert Stephenson in the Nature journal- Scientific Reports, in collaboration with a team of researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, University of Manchester and Newcastle University. Robert Stephenson is positive about the potential implications of this study:

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"We have generated the first 3D visualisation of the human conduction system, this has important implications for procedures in which cardiologists need to place a heart valve prosthesis just a few millimetres from the heart's conduction system. These results show unprecedented details beyond those available using traditional methods," says Robert Stephenson.

He is a Marie Curie Fellow and affiliated to Professor Michael Pedersen from Comparative Medicine Lab, Department of Clinical Medicine, and he envisions several significant applications of these 3D visualisations.

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"Currently, the researchers have 'only' presented 3D data from a healthy human heart, but we will in future reveal the conduction system in diseased hearts, including those suffering from congenital heart diseases and in the aged population," says Michael Pedersen.

The researchers emphasize that it is not only experienced clinicians and their patients who will benefit from these new 3D visualisation. The technique will also help students learning about the cardiac conduction system and its complex relationship with the heart anatomy and function.

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