Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Review| Volume 33, ISSUE 9, P1074-1081, September 2017

The Role of 3-D Heart Models in Planning and Executing Interventional Procedures

Published:February 24, 2017DOI:


      Percutaneous interventions aimed at addressing congenital and structural heart disease are simultaneously becoming more common and more complex as time progresses. An increasing number of heart defects that had previously required open heart surgery can now be successfully addressed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Adequate preprocedural preparation for these novel, complex procedures is critical to ensure their success. Diagnostic data can be collected before the intervention and displayed in multiple formats during the procedure. Advanced cardiac imaging, including cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography form the basis of this preparatory information. Novel methods of displaying these images are becoming more widespread and more useful, including 3-D printed models, 3-D digital models displayed on a virtual or augmented reality system and 3-D digital models overlaid onto a fluoroscopy system. In this review we summarize these state-of-the-art technologies and how they are able to help interventional cardiologists push the boundaries of what is possible in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.


      Au fil du temps, les interventions percutanées visant à corriger les problèmes cardiaques congénitaux et structurels augmentent tant en fréquence qu’en complexité. En effet, un nombre de plus en plus important de malformations cardiaques congénitales qui nécessitaient autrefois une chirurgie à cœur ouvert peuvent désormais être traitées avec succès en laboratoire de cathétérisme cardiaque. Il est toutefois essentiel de bien préparer ces interventions novatrices et complexes pour en assurer le succès. Des données diagnostiques peuvent notamment être recueillies avant l’intervention pour ensuite être visualisées, sous divers formats, avant et pendant l’intervention. Les techniques d’imagerie cardiaque de pointe, notamment la résonance magnétique cardiaque et la tomodensitométrie cardiaque constituent la base de cette information préparatoire. De nouvelles méthodes de visualisation de ces images, dont les modèles imprimés en 3D, les modèles numériques en 3D s’affichant sur un système virtuel ou de réalité augmentée de même que les modèles numériques en 3D superposés sous fluoroscopie, sont de plus en plus utilisées. Dans cet article, nous faisons le point sur ces technologies de pointe et la façon dont elles aident les cardiologues interventionnels à repousser les limites du possible au laboratoire de cathétérisme cardiaque.
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