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3D holographic imaging arrives in cardiology

Live 3D holographic visualisation and interaction technology can be used to guide minimally-invasive structural heart disease procedures, according to a recently completed clinical study.

The pilot study involved eight patients and was conducted in collaboration with the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel. Innovative visualisation technology (RealView Imaging Ltd.) was used to display interactive, real-time 3D holographic images, acquired by interventional X-ray and cardiac ultrasound systems (Philips).

In addition to viewing the patient’s heart on a 2D screen, doctors in the interventional team were able to view detailed 3D holographic images of the heart appearing in free space, without using special eyewear. The doctors were also able to manipulate the projected 3D heart structures by touching the holographic volumes in front of them.

“The holographic projections enabled me to intuitively understand and interrogate the 3D spatial anatomy of the patient’s heart, as well as to navigate and appreciate the device-tissue interaction during the procedure,” said Dr Einat Birk, paediatric cardiologist and Director of the Institute of Paediatric Cardiology at Schneider Children’s Medical Center.

Screen shot 2013-10-30 at 11.07.37Dr Elchanan Bruckheimer, paediatric cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Schneider Children’s Medical Center, added: “The ability to reach into the image and apply markings on the soft tissue anatomy in the X-ray and 3D ultrasound images would be extremely useful for guidance of these complex procedures.”

The results of this pilot study were recently presented by Dr Bruckheimer at the 25th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Following the results produced by this pilot study, Philips and RealView Imaging Ltd. say that they will Imaging will continue to explore the clinical value of combining live 3D imaging and medical holography, both in interventional cardiology and in other clinical areas.

Published on: October 30, 2013

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