Open-Source Environment for Interactive Finite Element Modeling of Optimal ICD Electrode Placement

  • Matthew Jolley
  • Jeroen Stinstra
  • David Weinstein
  • Steve Pieper
  • Raul San Jose Estepar
  • Gordon Kindlmann
  • Rob MacLeod
  • Dana H. Brooks
  • John K. Triedman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4466)


Placement of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) leads in children and some adults is challenging due to anatomical factors. As a result, novel ad hoc non-transvenous implant techniques have been employed clinically. We describe an open-source subject-specific, image-based finite element modeling software environment whose long term goal is determining optimal electrode placement in special populations of adults and children Segmented image-based finite element models of two children and one adult were created from CT scans and appropriate tissue conductivities were assigned. The environment incorporates an interactive electrode placement system with a library of clinically-based, user-configurable electrodes. Finite element models are created from the electrode poses within the torsos and the resulting electric fields, current, and voltages computed and visualized.


Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Electrode Placement Voltage Gradient Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Defibrillation Threshold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Jolley
    • 1
  • Jeroen Stinstra
    • 3
  • David Weinstein
    • 3
  • Steve Pieper
    • 2
  • Raul San Jose Estepar
    • 2
  • Gordon Kindlmann
    • 2
  • Rob MacLeod
    • 3
  • Dana H. Brooks
    • 4
  • John K. Triedman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 
  2. 2.Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 
  3. 3.Scientific Computing Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 
  4. 4.Department of Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, John K. Triedman, MD, Children’s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115 

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