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Automatic MRI Image Segmentation and Left Ventricle Surface Reconstruction for Characterizing Myocardial Muscle Function

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Ali Etebari, Olga Pierrakos, Pavlos P. Vlachos

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. IMECE2002-32251, pp. 351-352; 2 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Normal left ventricular function is characterized by synchronous firing of myocardial muscle fibers. Healthy myocardial function is essential in maintaining cardiac output, and any disturbance to the contracting muscle cells can be detrimental to the health of the heart. A method for non-invasively monitoring left ventricle (LV) operation is necessary for documenting the progression of heart disease and malfunction, such that the point at which disease becomes irreversible can be determined.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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