Cardiac ablation procedures are considered as the gold standard procedure for treating patients to prevent them from deadly cardiac arrythmias resulting from previous heart attacks. With current state-of-the-art management, an increasing portion of patients survive an acute heart attack, but unfortunately, they often suffer from long-term sequelae of the infarction.
In the post-infarction heart, scar tissue is formed, and it can contain “slow conducting channels” which represent the substrate for such potentially deadly arrhythmias. Novel cardiac MRI-based techniques show potential to detect these “slow conducting channels.”
Therefore, as the first step to successfully manage post-infarction patients, it is crucial to detect and visualize these complex scar structures in 3-dimensional space to identify those post-infarction patients at risk for sudden cardiac death in order to perform an accurate cardiac ablation procedure to eliminate the “slow conducting channels”.