Virtual surgery in congenital heart disease

Thomas Sangild Sorensen, Jesper Mosegaard, Stefan Kislinskiy, Gerald F. Greil

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Teaching, diagnosing, and planning of therapy in patients with complex structural cardiovascular heart disease require profound understanding of the three-dimensional (3D) nature of cardiovascular structures in these patients. To obtain such understanding, modern imaging modalities provide high-resolution two-dimensional (2D), three-dimensional (3D), and sometimes even time-resolved 3D imaging of the cardiovascular anatomy of the chest. When 3D structures need to be understood based on 2D images, a 3D model is a very helpful tool to visualize and to understand the often complex 3D structures. In combination with the availability of virtual models of congenital heart disease (CHD), techniques for computer-based simulation of cardiac interventions have enabled early clinical exploration of the emerging concept of virtual surgery. This chapter serves as an introduction to virtual surgery for patient-specific preoperative planning and teaching of cardiovascular anatomy and interventions for clinicians. The chapter is mainly based on the discussion of a few examples. An overview of the underlying imaging and data-processing techniques is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCardiac CT and MR for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781461488750
ISBN (Print)1461488745, 9781461488743
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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