Computer Mapping of the Human Heart


For the first time, a computer fully and automatically mapped the inside of a heart.

It allows a doctor to reach areas that were once impossible to get to.

Ryan Moore was playing baseball when he first felt his heart racing.

He had a condition called Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome.

It that made his heart beat at dangerously high levels.

He needed a procedure called cardiac ablation to destroy the tiny fibers that cause the arrhythmia.

Ryan's abnormality was so deep within his heart; doctors could not get to it with the standard approach.

So Dr. Warren Jackman used technology similar to a GPS device to map Ryan's heart and see exactly where the catheter needed to go.

Dr. Jackman stated, "In a sense, it's locating the position in spacae similar to how gop works. Instead of taking the signals from a satelllite, it took the signals from under the table.”

A robot guided the catheter on its own and corrected the exact problem spot that appeared on the map, it was the first automatic mapping of the heart.

Dr. Jackman says the technique could be used to correct just about any type of arrhythmia in the future, making the procedures more precise and safer.


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