Acquiring Multiview C-Arm Images to Assist Cardiac Ablation Procedures

Research paper by Pascal Fallavollita

Indexed on: 04 Mar '10Published on: 04 Mar '10Published in: EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing


CARTO XP is an electroanatomical cardiac mapping system that provides 3D color-coded maps of the electrical activity of the heart; however it is expensive and it can only use a single costly magnetic catheter for each patient intervention. Our approach consists of integrating fluoroscopic and electrical data from the RF catheters into the same image so as to better guide RF ablation, shorten the duration of this procedure, increase its efficacy, and decrease hospital cost when compared to CARTO XP. We propose a method that relies on multi-view C-arm fluoroscopy image acquisition for (1) the 3D reconstruction of the anatomical structure of interest, (2) the robust temporal tracking of the tip-electrode of a mapping catheter between the diastolic and systolic phases and (3) the 2D/3D registration of color coded isochronal maps directly on the 2D fluoroscopy image that would help the clinician guide the ablation procedure much more effectively. The method has been tested on canine experimental data.

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