3D Heart: A new visual training method for Electrocardiographic Analysis

ECG Tech Corporation, Huntington Station, NY, USA. <>
Journal of electrocardiology (Impact Factor: 1.36). 09/2007; 40(5):457.e1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2007.04.001
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This new training method is based on developing a sound understanding of the sequence in which electrical excitation spreads through both the normal and the infarcted myocardium. The student is made aware of the cardiac electrical performance through a series of 3-dimensional pictures during the excitation process. The electrocardiogram 3D Heart 3-dimensional program contains a variety of different activation simulations. Currently, this program enables the user to view the activation simulation for all of the following pathology examples: normal activation; large, medium, and small anterior myocardial infarction (MI); large, medium, and small posterolateral MI; large, medium, and small inferior MI. Simulations relating to other cardiac abnormalities, such as bundle branch block and left ventricular hypertrophy fasicular block, are being developed as part of a National Institute of Health (NIH) Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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    • "The case-independent methodology provides a means to extract the right features from the ECG while step-by-step dynamic process visualization provides insight to the electrophysiological correlates of the ECG. This is similar to recent training methods [13] [14] to develop understanding of the cardiac electrical performance through less sophisticated series of 2 or 3-dimensional pictures of both the normal and the pathological myocardium. Our students are in favour of the development of a tool using the 3D dynamic heart model already developed by IBC. "
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