Details

Project TitleVirtual Electrophysiologic Testing for Sudden Death Risk Stratification
Track Code2010-035
Short Description

Medical device that simulates electrical stimulation of the patient heart in order to identify risk of cardiac arrhythmias.

#healthcare #diagnostictool #imaging #cardiology #electrophysiology

Abstract

Northwestern researchers developed a novel technology that simulates electrical stimulation of the patient heart in order to identify the risk of cardiac arrhythmias.  Depending on whether the heart tissue is scarred, impaired or normal, it allocates electrical properties and then determines the electrical conductivity associated with the image data.  Once it identifies scar tissue as hyper-enhanced areas in medical images with variable luminance thresholds and categorizes partially-viable myocardium as distinct from non-viable scar, the technology can create a 3D model of the patient’s heart using imaging data.  The system capitalizes on the fact that the electrical properties of scar tissue are different from those of normal tissue, such that the stimulation processor can actually provide virtual electrical stimulation to the patient heart and then identify the relative risk of heart impairment.

 
Tagscardiology, HEALTHCARE: Diagnostic Tool, HEALTHCARE: imaging, CARDIOLOGY: electrophysiology
 
Posted DateNov 22, 2011 4:58 PM

Inventor(s)

Jeffrey Goldberger

Jason Ng

Applications

  •  Cardiac Function Analysis

Advantages

  • Non-Invasive
  • Identification of high risk patients for prophylactic treatment

Contact Information

Dimitra Georganopoulou, PhD

Invention Manager

(p) 847-467-3095

(e) d-georganopoulou@northwestern.edu