Washington: Spanish researchers have created a high-resolution atlas of the heart with 3D images taken from 138 people.This atlas is a statistical description of how the heart and its components - such as the ventricles and the atrium - look, Corne Hoogendoorn, researcher at the CISTIB centre of the Pompeu Fabra University explained to SINC.Scientists from this university have managed to create a representation of the average shape of the heart and its variations with images from 138 fully functioning hearts taken using multislice computed tomography. This technique offers three-dimensional and high resolution X-ray.To create this cardiac map the researchers have developed a statistical model capable of managing high quantities of information provided by individual images. It can also collect temporary variations, given that the heart is never motionless.The level of detail and the possibility to extend the atlas give it an advantage over the majority of cardiac models present to date, according to the researchers.The researchers believe that the study can be applied to medical image processing, especially when segmenting, or in other words, properly differentiating a structure to be analysed from the rest of the image.
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