The main aim of the project is to improve planning of surgical procedures in patients born with structural defects of the heart (congenital heart disease). Furthermore, we aim at using these techniques for training of healthcare professionals and for assisting patients and relatives to gain a better understanding of their heart condition.
The images we produce project the heart like a real 3D beating object, which can be viewed intuitively, easily turned around and interrogated to extract the maximum information to assist in the understanding and potential therapeutic options for a specific heart defect.
We are currently planning extension of this work to include all imaging modalities (ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography) as well as guidance of catheter procedures.
Our project builds on the strengths of a close collaboration between experienced clinicians at Evelina London Children’s Hospital (part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) and biomedical engineers at King’s College London School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences.