Cardiac Electrophysiology Training System

Project Info

Funding EP project

Objective Simulation of the cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac arrhythmia

Date 01.08.2010 — 01.08.2015

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photo of Stephane Cotin, team leader
Stéphane Cotin
Research Director
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Hugo Talbot
Sofa Consortium Coordinator

Project Description

Recent progress in cardiac catheterization and devices allowed the development of new therapies for severe cardiac diseases like arrhythmias and heart failure. The skills required for such interventions are still very challenging to learn, and typically acquired over several years. Virtual reality simulators can reduce this burden by allowing to practice such procedures without consequences on patients.

Our contribution: Proposition of the first training system dedicated to cardiac electrophysiology, including pacing and ablation procedures. This framework involves a catheter navigation that faithfully reproduces issues intrinsic to intracardiac catheterization and an efficient GPU-based electrophysiological model. We developed a multithreading approach to compute both real-time simulations (navigation and electrophysiology) asynchronously. With this method, the simulation reaches high computational performance that allows to account for user interactions in real-time. Based on a scenario of cardiac arrhythmia, the user-guided simulator is able to navigate inside vessels and cardiac cavities with a catheter and to reproduce an ablation procedure involving tasks:

  • extra-cellular potential measurements,
  • endocardial surface reconstruction,
  • electrophysiology mapping,
  • RF ablation,
  • electrical stimulation.

This work is a step towards computerized medical learning curriculum.


PhD Thesis:

Interactive Patient-Specific Simulation of Cardiac Electrophysiology Hugo Talbot Computer Science [cs]. Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2014.  English


Deliverable D10.4.2 Hugo Talbot, Federico Spadoni, Maxime Sermesant, Nicholas Ayache, Hervé Delingette [Research Report] 2013, pp.22


Interactive Training System for Interventional Electrocardiology Procedures Medical Image Analysis (2016)Talbot, H. and Spadoni, F. and Duriez, C. and Sermesant, M. and O ‘Neill, M. and Jaïs, P. and Cotin, S. and Delingette, H.

Personalization of Cardiac Electrophysiology Model using the Unscented Kalman Filtering  Hugo Talbot, Stephane Cotin, Reza Razavi, Christopher Rinaldi, Hervé Delingette Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS 2015), Jun 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Interactive Training System for Interventional Electrocardiology Procedures H Talbot, F Spadoni, Christian Duriez, M Sermesant, Stéphane Cotin, Hervé Delingette 6th International Symposium on Biomedical Simulation – ISBMS 2014, Oct 2014, Strabsourg, France. pp.11 – 19, 2014

Surgery Training, Planning and Guidance Using the SOFA Framework Hugo Talbot, Nazim Haouchine, Igor Peterlik, Jeremie Dequidt, Christian Duriez, Hervé Delingette, Stephane Cotin Eurographics, May 2015, Zurich, Switzerland

Towards an Interactive Electromechanical Model of the Heart Hugo Talbot, Stéphanie Marchesseau, Christian Duriez, Maxime Sermesant, Stéphane Cotin, Hervé Delingette Interface Focus, Royal Society publishing, 2013, The Virtual Physiological Human: Integrative Approaches to Computational Biomedicine, 3 (2), pp.4.

Towards An Interactive Electromechanical Model of the Heart Interface Focus Royal Society (2012) Talbot, H. and Marchesseau, S. and Duriez, C. and Sermesant, M. and Cotin, S. and Delingette, H.

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