3D Images Will Let Doctors See What Causes an Irregular Heartbeat
Apr 27, 2012 13:23
If you have an irregular heartbeat, it can lead to fibrillation, rapid unsynchornized contraction of the muscles impeding the delivery of blood around the body.
Scientists at the University of Manchester developed a new technique that allows them to capture 3D images of the heart, which they hope to glean insights from to prevent this from happening in the future.
A normal heartbeat is performed through the cooperation of the muscle tissue pumping the blood and the conducting tissue that works like a jumper cable to send electric wave to cut the beat. Scientists weren't able to produce images of it in high resolution, which meant they were not able to get a full grasp on these problems.
Now, new technology is going to let them get a better look at the system so they can identify the cause of an abnormal heartbeat. Researchers used a micro CT scanner to examine iodine treated hearts and found that the conducting parts didn't absorb iodine as much as the muscular parts.
Its still in its infant stages but if these models could work as a map, it could help doctors identify the source of an irregular heartbeat, which in turn, would be able to help save a lot of lives, since heart disease is one of the biggest killers around. [Medical Xpress]
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