Heart ExplorerJuly 17, 2018
New software enables a detailed 3D model of the heart
Fujitsu Healthcare Solution Heart Explorer is a software that reproduces heart behaviour in exquisite detail so that the heart can be modelled in 3D for observation and analysis.
Heart Explorer utilizes data output from a heart simulator created through R&D using the K computer and other computing resources, enabling students to observe and analyze the movements of the myocardium, the flow of blood, excitation propagation, and electrocardiograms, which were all previously very difficult to represent. This software enables learning through experience, including structural analysis functionality that visualizes physical values, such as the pressure exerted by heart muscles.
The software has been designed to improve understanding through 360-degree, three-dimensional observation of such factors as the three-dimensional structure of the heart, the internal structure, and the heartbeat, which have been difficult to visualize, using virtual reality (VR) technology in the form of the zSpace 200 , which is a 3D stereoscopic display.
Learning with a detailed 3D model
Learners can freely set the point of view and cross sections of the model, enabling them to study the three-dimensional structure, the internal structure, the beating of the heart, and the flow of blood with a 3D model, which is difficult to study with a physical model. Using the visualization and analysis capabilities, students can also use graphs to visualize the force exerted by the heart muscles, the movement of blood flow, and the excitation propagation.
Study multiple related topics simultaneously
It is said that in education using textbooks or physical models, it is difficult to understand the relationship between the waveforms of the heart’s electrocardiogram and the process of excitation propagation.
Realistic recreations of the heart using VR technology
The heart is considered an organ with a three-dimensional structure and blood flow that are difficult to grasp, but with VR technology using the zSpace 200, it is possible to gain a three-dimensional awareness of the complex configuration of the heart. Moreover, by connecting this system to a 4K projector, it can be used in a lecture(8) in a large classroom at a university.