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The Design And Evaluation Of A Pediatric Cardiothoracic Camera System For Identification And Repair Of Ventricular Septal Defects, Keir D. Hart Jan 2011

The Design And Evaluation Of A Pediatric Cardiothoracic Camera System For Identification And Repair Of Ventricular Septal Defects, Keir D. Hart

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Current detection of Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD) in pediatric patients can be difficult for hard to reach anatomy, such as apical defects, or for multiple VSDs. Existing technology such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), catheterization, and echocardiography can be expensive, dangerous, or simply does not provide adequate images of these holes in the septal wall. Similarly, state of the art treatment practices have definitive limits in capability. Cardiac Transcatheterization and subsequent implantation of an occlusion device may not succeed as the occluder may be too close to heart valves or in relation to each other in the case of multiple ...