The cardiac morphology in patients with congenital heart disease is often very complex and variable
from individual to individual. Consequently, accurate morphological information remains of outmost importance
when planning the surgical intervention. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the imaging modality that
currently provides the best soft tissue contrasts. New visualization techniques based on three-dimensional
MRI have been developed and is now being implemented and tested clinically at Aarhus University Hospital.
- CAVI, University of Aarhus
- Thomas Sangild Sørensen
- Aarhus University Hospital
MR Research Center
- Erik Morre Pedersen, MD, DMSc, PhD
Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Ole Kromann Hansen, MD
- Keld Sørensen, MD
- Systematic Software Engineering
- Søren Vorre Therkildsen
The preliminary results show that cardiac morphology in congenital heart disease can be accurately reconstructed
and represented by virtual models. As MR image quality continuously improves, image processing times are
being reduced rapidly. This will undoubtedly make three-dimensional MRI with virtual reconstructions an
important clinical investigative tool within the nearest future.
The process from scanning to visualization
on virtual reality equipment.
Related research will implement elastic tissue properties, allow cutting the model and inserting patches,
as first steps towards a surgical simulator/trainer.