Marcin Wierzbicki

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Current minimally invasive techniques for beating heart surgery are associated with three major limitations: the shortage of realistic and safe training methods, the process of selecting port locations for optimal target coverage from X-rays and angiograms, and the sole use of the endoscope for instrument navigation in a dynamic and confined 3D environment.(More)
Three-dimensional visualization for planning and guidance is still not routinely available for minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS). This can be addressed by providing the surgeon with subject-specific geometric models derived from 3D preoperative images for planning of port locations or to rehearse the procedure. For guidance purposes, these models(More)
Two reasons for the recent rise in radiation exposure from CT are increases in its clinical applicability and the desire to maintain high SNR while acquiring smaller voxels. To address this emerging dose problem, several strategies for reducing patient exposure have already been proposed. One method employed in cardiac imaging is ECG-driven modulation of(More)
Minimally invasive robotically assisted cardiac surgical systems currently do not routinely employ 3-D image guidance. However, preoperative magnetic resonance and computed tomography (CT) images have the potential to be used in this role, if appropriately registered with the patient anatomy and animated synchronously with the motion of the actual heart.(More)
In an effort to reduce morbidity during minimally-invasive cardiac procedures, we have recently developed an interventional technique targeted towards off-pump cardiac interventions. To compensate for the absence of direct visualization, our system employs a virtual reality environment for image guidance, that integrates pre-operative information with(More)
Surgeons need a robust interventional system capable of providing reliable, real-time information regarding the position and orientation of the surgical targets and tools to compensate for the lack of direct vision and to enhance manipulation of intracardiac targets during minimally-invasive, off-pump cardiac interventions. In this paper, we describe a(More)
While most currently available minimally invasive robotically assisted cardiac surgical systems do not employ 3D image guidance, such support can be generated using pre operative images such as CT. Previously we demonstrated a virtual model of the thorax with simulated surgical instruments, and a pulsating virtual model of the coronary arteries. In this(More)
This work presents the initial development and implementation of a novel 3D biomechanics-based approach to measure the mechanical activity of myocardial tissue, as a potential non-invasive tool to assess myocardial function. This technique quantifies the myocardial contraction forces developed within the ventricular myofibers in response to(More)