Seed Grant Profile
Surgical Planning for Reconstruction of Complex Congenital Heart Defects
Through advances in image processing, engineers are now able to reconstruct and manipulate accurate 3D representations of patient anatomy. This technology provides the ability for surgeons to virtually operate on their patients and plan the course of action before making an incision. The underlying hypothesis for the development of such tools is that, by providing the surgeon with the capability to visualize, manipulate, and evaluate 3D patient-specific surgical options prior to operation, the optimal approach for reconstruction will be implemented more frequently, thus improving patient outcomes. An example of such tools has been developed at Georgia Tech for the limited and specific purpose of optimizing Fontan repairs in single ventricle patients; however, this concept has the potential to benefit many more patients by applying it to a broader range of surgical indications. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to further develop, implement, and validate a surgical planning framework for a new class of patients, those requiring complex cardiac reconstruction due to congenital heart defects. Examples include, but are not limited to, double outlet right ventricle; unbalanced complete or partial atrioventricular septal defects; heterotaxy patients requiring complex intra-atrial baffling; and pulmonary atresia/intact ventricular septum with marginal RV size.
Investigators: William Border (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory), Kirk Kanter (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory), Jarek Rossignac, Ph.D. (GT, Interactive Computing), Ajit Yoganathan (GT, Biomedical Engineering)