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Heart Aflutter? Remarkable New Images Show What it Looks Like in 4-D
Date:3/8/2010

d rules of radiology and came up with a new way to acquire data that allows us to do the imaging much faster while still getting excellent quality,” Wieben says. “We’re also developing new ways to display the complex flow data on a 2D monitor.”

The Wisconsin scientists are excited about extending the technology to analyzing blood vessel walls as well. PC VIPR can be used to identify areas of weakening in the vessel wall or areas under increased stress, which can lead to aneurysms or build-up of damaging plaque.

The new technology will be particularly useful for adults and children with congenital heart disease, the most common birth defect.

“This is a new paradigm in cardiac imaging,” says Francois. “It will allow physicians to see things they haven’t seen before in all their complexity.”

The technology is still in the research stage, but it has been tested on hundreds of volunteers and patients. Wieben and Francois hope it will be available for use in hospitals in three or four years.

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