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  • 13-Feb-2017



Prior to the development of cardiac phantoms, the development of myocardial imaging protocols has required a natural heart. Not only was this problematic in acquisition (legal requirements, transportation, longevity, etc.), but it also required a several hearts to map various disease pathologies. Since then, heart phantoms serve as a device which simulate a heart and have enabled researchers and physicians to conveniently innovate within this area due to the reproducibility and durability of phantoms. Although phantoms have allowed for greater ease of study, they have typically been designed for only a single mode of imaging, requiring multiple phantoms for comprehensive system analyses, or are static and thus unable to simulate cardiac movement. As a result, there is a higher probability of inconsistency and prohibitive costs in the development and acquisition of phantoms. Simultaneously, the propagation of affordable imaging equipment across research institutions places greater demand on the careful, consistent calibration of such machinery. This increases phantom utility and raises the demand for a versatile phantom capable of addressing numerous imaging modalities in an affordable manner.

Our proposed solution, PhantomCor, is a novel improvement upon current available heart phantoms in that our device is dynamic, multimodal, and inexpensive. This device will enable accurate simulation of patient hearts and calibration of imaging devices.


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Who is your customer?

Healthcare organizations and companies, i.e., hospitals, clinics, and imaging companies.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Our device is a cost-effective, dynamic, multimodal heart phantom for the accurate simulation of patient hearts and calibration of imaging devices. Using our device will enable clinicians to implement personalized medicine in treatment relating to the cardiovascular system.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our device fills the need for a dynamic, cost-effective, and multimodal heart phantom. It takes ideas from current heart phantoms and innovates the field relating to cardiovascular imaging by opening up new avenues for application of heart phantoms including personalized medicine and treatment of common cardiovascular problems.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team has been developing the prototype for two years now and as such we are at the stage where we are able to perform live demos of a functional prototype. Additionally, the fabrication system we have developed enables easy implementation in current healthcare as it only requires a patient's CT scan in order to fully replicate their heart, functionally and anatomically. As a team of diverse engineers, we have innovated a device which will broaden the field of medicine.