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Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Hardware |

Get map the beating heart in 3D and from within

Get map the beating heart in 3D and from within

The U.S. company Rhythmia Medical has developed a system that allows them to map a beating heart in to give doctors a more reliable picture of what is happening in the heart of a person and what their electrical activity.

To understand the implications of this we must understand what happens today when someone goes to the hospital for heart problems. When the doctor thinks there may be irregularities in the heart’s electrical routine, which is called an arrhythmia, the doctor checks the anomaly mendiante the introduction of catheters with electrodes at its tip. These catheters are inserted through a vein or artery in the arm or leg and advanced to the heart so that the electrodes record the electrical signals passing through the muscles.

This procedure results in a flat image, it really is a sketch of what actually happens. Therefore Medical Rhythmia people are developing a system by which translate the signals received by the pixel electrodes so that doctors can have a three-dimensional image of the heart as it beats. Rhythmia Medical researchers have managed, through preclinical and clinical testing, reduce the time required to build the image in half.

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To get these images of the heart requires 2 elements. The first is a new type of catheter 64 which has electrodes and which is designed to follow the electrical signals passing through the heart while it beats and to draw its internal shape and geometry. The second part involves transforming all information recorded catheter into something understandable and useful. For this we have designed software that translates electrical signals into 3D visualizations.

For patients with irregular heartbeat arrhythmias and this means that doctors will be able to see the internal structure of each heart, which will be easier to identify if there is a problem and isolate the muscles that cause them.

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