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Clinical Research and Innovation

About Our Service

The Congenital Heart Center’s Clinical Research and Innovations team strives to lead new health solutions for children and adults with congenital heart disease. Ongoing studies are evaluating advancements in diagnosis, treatment, and management of congenital heart disease, as well as implementation of new modalities of treatment and care.

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging

Imaging is an important diagnostic and management tool in congenital heart disease. We are evaluating the usefulness of new imaging techniques such as two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) speckle tracking echocardiography, 3D multi-planar review and tissue motion annular displacement (TMAD) in congenital heart disease.

We are also exploring the utility of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and computed tomography (CT) scans through research in children and adults with congenital heart disease.

Electrophysiology

Using advanced imaging modalities, we are striving to reduce the risk of radiation exposure during electrophysiology procedures and deliver patient-centered care.

Innovations

Innovations play a key role in the health and well-being of children and adults with congenital heart disease. 

Medical Devices: Our recent innovations have focused on developing devices to help patients. Recently, Joseph Vettukattil, MD, developed a device to create a hole in the heart to help certain groups of patients with heart disease.
Three-dimensional printing: The Congenital Heart Center utilizes three-dimensional (3D) printing for interventional and surgical planning in complex congenital heart cases. 3D printing improves the visualization of the heart.

Our team has developed a unique method to combine multiple imaging modalities: cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), computed tomography (CT) scans and echocardiography to create a more accurate hybrid 3D printed model.  These models are invaluable in planning procedures, but also for the education of patients and family members.

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