Dassault Systèmes develops world's first 3D realistic model of human heart

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 27 May 2014
Dassault Systèmes develops world's first 3D realistic model of human heart

Dassault Systèmes has unveiled the world’s first 3D realistic simulation model of a human heart to help medical professionals diagnose, treat and prevent heart conditions. 

Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA applications, the comprehensive 3D heart model captures the electrical and mechanical behaviour of a human heart. The realistic model is expected to become a valuable educational and translational tool to help improve research into how human bodies will react to new heart devices. It is also expected to help accelerate regulatory approval cycles, reduce development costs for new and more personalised devices, and ultimately enable early diagnoses and improve treatment outcomes.

“We live in an exciting time with the capacity to simulate how a patient’s heart may respond to a wide range of interventions, sparing that individual and many others the uncertainties of their procedural outcome,“ said Dr James Perry, professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego and director of Electrophysiology and Adult CHD at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. “This is true for those with congenital heart defects, whose lives necessarily include many cardiac procedures, but also for the larger population of people with heart failure, arrhythmias and other structural abnormalities.”

Perry added: “This technology is a huge advancement that will expedite the translation of our basic scientific understanding of cardiac function into practical applications that promote improved health and safety.”

The heart was developed with a multidisciplinary team of heart experts and will be used in the Living Heart Project, which will give medical researchers, practitioners, device manufacturers and industry regulators access to 3D computational models.

Using echocardiogram, MRI and CT scan images, along with cardiac research data, personalised 3D heart simulations will enable medical professionals to better understand the behaviour of a patient’s heart without the need for additional invasive diagnostic procedures.

“The Living Heart Project is a leading example of the value and potential for realistic simulation to significantly impact healthcare in a positive way,” said Bill Murray, president and CEO, Medical Device Innovation Consortium. “The Living Heart Project is a model for how collaborations can work to advance regulatory science in the medical device industry and improve patient access to cutting-edge medical technology.”

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