A new radiographic device, based upon the analysis of scattered radiation fields, has been developed to measure myocardial dynamics. The device consists of an array of detectors arranged to monitor photons scattering from the epicardial surface. Data synthesis permits real-time dynamic displays of the epicardial surface in two and three dimensions. The system has been tested on close-chest canines. Epicardial surface displacements within the closed chest cavity can be measured to 0.1 mm (S.D.). Right or left ventricular surfaces may be monitored on a given scan. Surfaces behind or in front of outer myocardial boundaries within the direct field of view of the detectors are located with equal accuracy. Except for the use of low levels of fluoroscopic x-rays, the proce-dure is completely noninvasive. Radiation dose levels and compo-nent costs for the prototype system are modest. The detector system attaches to a standard fluoroscopic x-ray generator.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging