Engineering ways to aid heart-surgery preparation
Posted March 14, 2013
Arizona State University researchers and physicians at the Children’s Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital are collaborating on some of the first applications of new technologies that promise to significantly aid correction of heart defects.
The hospital is experimenting with using custom-made, three-dimensional physical models of hearts developed by an ASU research team led by David Frakes, an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, two of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
To readily produce heart models based on the conditions of individual patients, the hospital is also using a three-dimensional printing process with help from Justin Ryan, an ASU biomedical engineering doctoral student on Frakes’ team.
The individualized models – showing precise, color-coded depictions of anatomical structures – provide information that they believe will aid medical experts in devising effective surgical strategies and even reduce the time it takes to perform surgeries.
A recent feature in Raising Arizona Kids magazine, including a video, explains more about the heart modeling and three-dimensional model printing techniques. Read the article and see the video.
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Joe Kullman, [email protected]
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering