Erol Yeniaras1, Nikhil Navkar1, Zhigang Deng1, Mushabbar A. Syed2, Nikolaos V. Tsekos1
1Computer Science, University fo Houston, Houston, TX, United States; 2Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Kentucky, United States
The aim of this work is to implement an approach for pre-operative planning of cardiac interventions via a trans-apical access using CINE cardiac images. Multislice sets of short and long axis planes were analyzed to identify access corridors in 3D, from the apex to the base of the heart, which ensure that a tool may transverse the ventricle without contact to the epicardial wall for all heart phases. Studies illustrate that apical areas can be delineated through which a tool may be inserted to access the mitral valve along a straight path and the aortic valve through a curved one.