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Magnetocardiographic localization of arrhythmia substrates: a methodology study with accessory pathway ablation as reference

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Agren, P.L. ; Dept. of Cardiology, Karolinska Inst., Stockholm, Sweden ; Goranson, H. ; Hindmarsh, T. ; Knutsson, E.
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In magnetocardiographic (MCG) localization of arrhythmia substrates, a model of the thorax volume conductor is a crucial component of the calculations. In this study, the authors investigated different models of the thorax, to determine the most suitable to use in the computations. Their methods and results are as follows. They studied 11 patients with overt Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, scheduled for catheter ablation. The MCG registrations were made with a 37-channel "superconducting quantum interference device" system. The underlying equivalent current dipole was computed for the delta-wave. Three models of the thorax were used: the infinite halfspace, a sphere and a box. For anatomical correlation and to define the suitable sphere and box, magnetic resonance images were obtained. As reference the authors used the position of the tip of the catheter, at successful radio-frequency-ablation, documented by cine-fluoroscopy. Nine patients could be evaluated. The mean errors (range) when using the infinite halfspace, the sphere and the box were 96 (49-125), 21 (5-39), and 36 mm (20-58 mm), respectively (p<0.0001). In conclusion, the sphere was significantly better suited than the other models tested in this study, but even with this model the accuracy of MCG localization must further improve to be clinically useful. More realistic models of the thorax are probably required to achieve this goal.

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Medical Imaging, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 3 )