A virtual laboratory for simulation studies: electrocardiology visualization for Simula Research Laboratory
Electrical signals emitted by a beating heart can be measured on the surface of the body by ECG equipment. Current research conducted at the Scientific Computing department at Simula, aims at developing a method for the diagnosis of a heart condition called reversible ischemia. This is a precursor of heart infarction. Reversible ischemia is caused by reduced blood supply to parts of the heart muscle, but this typically only occurs during physical exercise. The research conducted at Simula aims at estimating the size and the location of the ischemic region. This is done taking ECG recordings as input.
Kalkulo supports this research activity with a software application forming a laboratory for doing efficient simulation studies. In this application, the researchers can run their method on various reconstructed models of real patients. They also have a tool where relevant models parameters can be altered and the effect
on the simulation be visualized.
The application represents an integrated framework
for studying the interplay between geometry and
simulation. This figure shows a heart suffering from
reversible ischemia as estimated by the algorithm
developed at Simula. The ischemic region is displayed
A view of the heart as seen from the back