Simulation of surgical interventions: atrial radio frequency ablation with a haptic interface

  • G. Seemann
  • F. B. Sachse
  • C. D. Werner
  • O. Dössel

Abstract

A prototype of a real-time simulation environment for atrial radio frequency ablation therapy with a haptic interface is presented. The environment can be used to plan surgical interventions and to educate physicians in using ablation therapy with respect to the cardiac electrophysiology. Therefore, the electrophysiology is simulated with a time efficient cellular automaton on a human heart model. The cellular automaton is also capable of simulating pathologies, like atrial flutter and tachycardia. The electrophysiological properties can be changed interactively by applying virtually ablation therapy with the haptic interface. The electrophysiological states of the heart model and the virtual operation tool are visualized nearly in real-time. An exemplary simulation of the atrial radio frequency ablation is presented in this work.

Keywords

Human heart model cellular automaton virtual reality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Seemann
    • 1
  • F. B. Sachse
    • 1
  • C. D. Werner
    • 1
  • O. Dössel
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biomedizinische TechnikUniversität Karlsruhe (TH)KarlsruheGermany

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