Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Dissertation Defense of Razvan Ionasec

Title: Patient-specific Modeling and Quantification of the Heart Valves from Multimodal Cardiac Images


As decisions in cardiology increasingly rely on non-invasive methods, fast and precise image analysis tools have become a crucial component of the clinical workflow. Especially when dealing with complex cardiovascular disorders, such as valvular heart disease, advanced imaging techniques have the potential to significantly improve treatment outcome as well as to reduce procedure risks and correlated costs. This thesis concentrates on three aspects: physiological heart valve modeling, algorithms for patient-specific parameter estimation from multimodal images and advanced applications for clinical management of heart valve disease. In particular, a novel physiological model of the complete valvular apparatus is introduced, which captures a large spectrum of morphologic, dynamic and pathologic variations. A robust learning-based framework is proposed to estimate the patient-specific model parameters from cardiac medical scans, mainly transesophageal echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. This original model-driven approach enables a multitude of advanced clinical applications including quantitative valvular analysis, shape-based diagnosis and patient selection as well as computational decision support for valve replacement and repair procedures. In comparison to the gold standard methods, which manually process 2D images, the automatic 4D model-based concept provides fast, precise, reproducible and comprehensive valve quantification. Moreover, in case of emerging percutaneous and minimal invasive valve interventions, cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists can substantially benefit from the automated patient selection and virtual valve implantation approaches presented in this thesis. The algorithms proposed in this thesis are validated through extensive quantitative and clinical experiments involving over 476 patients treated in leading medical centers around the world.

Committee Head: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz, TUM
1st Referee: Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting, TUM
2nd Referee: Prof. Dr. Nicholas Ayache, INRIA
3rd Referee: Dr. Dorin Comaniciu, SCR

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2010

Time: 11:00 (30min public presentation + approx. 30-40min non-public examination)

Location: Math/Informatics building (FMI), seminar room MI 03.13.010, top floor, aisle 13

Technische Universität München
Fakultät für Informatik
Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching b. München

Title: Dissertation Defense of Razvan Ionasec
Date: 8 October 2010
Location: seminar room MI 03.13.010
Abstract: Razvan Ionasec will defend his PhD thesis with the title "Patient-specific Modeling and Quantification of the Heart Valves from Multimodal Cardiac Images".
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