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Computational simulator for eletrocardiogram signal analisys and intrepretation and three-dimensional animation of the heart

Grant number: 12/01505-6
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 2012 - September 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Principal Investigator:Regina Célia Coelho
Grantee:Regina Célia Coelho
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia (ICT). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São José dos Campos. São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Carlos Marcelo Gurjão de Godoy ; Euler de Vilhena Garcia ; Otavio Monteiro Becker Junior ; Vinícius Veloso de Melo


The electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation for the heart evaluation is a procedure that demands long time training and good experience of the medical professional. Nevertheless, as for the clinical practice, it is not frequently easy to obtain cardiopathic patients enough for an adequate training/learning of the medical staff. Thus, complex computational models have been developed to help the elucidation of the ECG origin from theoretical heart models. However, we did not find scientific articles showing the inverse approach of providing, based in the ECG interpretation, a heart model notably during its beating. This approach would allow a more anatomical, functional and, most importantly, didactic visualization of the heart. Therefore, the goal of the present project is to develop a didactic software for a tri-dimensional (3D) heart animation specifically based upon ECG interpretation. The software will be developed in three main parts simultaneously: 1- ECG classification for the situations to be animated: Normal; Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia and Inferior Myocardial Infarction; 2- Modelling and 3D Heart Animation; and 3- Graphic Interface Construction for the integration of heart animation friendly interaction of the user. The proposed software is a new didactic tool that will allow to the medical professional simultaneous ECG interpretation and heart beating visualization. In the future, as a natural evolution of this project, it is possible to conceive heart animations including its internal structures that would turn the software into an even more didactic tool. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BARACHO, SALETY FERREIRA; LINS LEAL PINHEIRO, DANIEL JOSE; GURJAO DE GODOY, CARLOS MARCELO; COELHO, REGINA CELIA. A segmentation method for myocardial ischemia/infarction applicable in heart photos. COMPUTERS IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, v. 87, p. 285-301, AUG 1 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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