In this blog we will keep you updated about our project on visualizing a heart (with cardiac defect) by printing it. The main purpose of having an understandable 3D model of a heart is to communicate the defects of particulair hearts to the patients, in order to help the patient understanding the (mal)function of his heart.
This project is part of the Minor Advanced Prototyping (at TU Delft) and is done in collaboration with Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).
Let us introduce ourselve briefly:
The team consists of four students: Bonnie (Architecture), Job (Architecture), Bobby (Industrial Design Engineering) and Ludo (Industrial Design Engineering). Also a team of experts from LUMC and TUDelft is involved. Our goal is to help making the dream of many cardiac defect patients and cardiologists come true: an easy and accurate way to really understand the actual defects of one’s heart.
In this project we will face a couple of challenges:
-we must gain knowledge about the anatomy of the heart to make easy communication with the experts of LUMC possible and to ensure that our models will be anatomical correct and clear.
-we have to convert an MRI or CT scan of a heart to an appropriate CAD-model, and be able to annotate and enhance the different sections of the heart.
-we have to find a way in which the heart can be optimally presented in order to create an understanding of the heart, without diverging to much from the real anatomy.
-we have to find suitable printing techniques (eventually combined with other techniques) to realize the actual model.
-we have to investigate the future of printing hearts for communication purposes and find a certain methodology to make this possible on larger scale.
In this first post we will give you a short introduction to the anatomy of the heart.
We are glad that we are supported by a very dedicated team of experts from LUMC and Bram de Smit from Industrial Design Engineering. So we are looking forward to the process and the end result, which should be a collection of some neat educational 3D hearts.
Thank you for your interest, we will keep you updated!