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Design of heart phantoms for ultrasound imaging of ventricular septal defects


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Tibamoso-Pedraza, Gerardo, Navarro, Iñaki, Dion, Patrice, Raboisson, Marie-Josée, Lapierre, Chantale, Miró, Joaquim, Ratté, Sylvie et Duong, Luc. 2022. « Design of heart phantoms for ultrasound imaging of ventricular septal defects ». International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, vol. 17, nº 1. pp. 177-184.
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Purpose -- Ventricular septal defects (VSDs) are common congenital heart malformations. Echocardiography used during VSD hybrid cardiac procedures requires extensive training for image acquisition and interpretation. Cardiac surgery simulators with heart phantoms have shown usefulness for such training, but they are limited in visualization and characterization of complex VSD. This study explores a new method to build patient-specific heart phantoms with VSD, with proper tissue echogenicity for ultrasound imaging. Methods -- Heart phantoms were designed from preoperative imaging of three patients with complex VSDs. Each whole heart phantom, including atrial and ventricular septums, was obtained by manual segmentation and by surface reconstruction, then by molding and by casting in different materials. Heart phantoms in silicone and polyvinyl alcohol cryogel (PVA-C) were considered, and they were reconstructed in 3-D using 2-D freehand ultrasound imaging. Results -- An electromagnetic measurement system was used to measure the mean VSD diameters from the heart phantoms. Errors were evaluated below 1.0 mm for mean VSD diameters between 6.2 and 7.5 mm. Conclusion -- Patient-specific heart phantoms promise for representing complex heart malformations such as VSDs. PVA-C showed better tissue echogenicity than silicone for VSDs visualization and characterization.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Ratté, Sylvie
Duong, Luc
Affiliation: Génie logiciel et des technologies de l'information, Génie logiciel et des technologies de l'information
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 19:01
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2022 21:35

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