A computerized method for the generation of a three-dimensional finite element mesh of left ventricular geometry is presented. The technique employs two dimensional echocardiographic images of the left ventricle. The echocardiographic transducer is attached to an articulated, computer-assisted, position registration arm with six degrees-of-freedom. These six degrees-of-freedom record the location and orientation of the transducer, when images are obtained, referenced to an external point. Hence, the images are digitized and aligned relative to one another, then several interpolation and curve fitting steps are used to reconstruct a three-dimensional finite element model of the left ventricle. The finite element model can be used for volume determination, stress analysis, material property identification, and other applications.
- finite element technique
- geometric reconstruction
- left ventricle
- mesh generation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging