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USART Summer School on Cardiac Imaging

USART Summer School on Cardiac Imaging

The exciting three-day summer school on “Cardiac Imaging: Acquisition and Analysis” took place in Llafranc, Costa Brava, September 2015. Cardiofunxion was there!

 

The school was co-organized by Marie Curie Initial Training USART (ultrasound-guided arrhythmia treatment) and Physense group from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona.

14.10.2015

 

The exciting three-day summer school on “Cardiac Imaging: Acquisition and Analysis” took place in Llafranc, Costa Brava, September 2015. Cardiofunxion was there!

 

 

The school was co-organized by Marie Curie Initial Training USART (ultrasound-guided arrhythmia treatment) and Physense group from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona.

 

 

 

The program comprised in-depth lectures followed by complementary hands-on sessions. Expert contributions were given by key players in the field, who shared their knowledge and views from different perspectives.

 

 

Given by Dr. Alan Fraser, clinical professor Cardiff University, the first lecture was the clinical perspective on how ultrasound (US) imaging technology has developed since its beginnings and how essential it is in practice to understand challenging diagnoses. The clinical session was followed by introduction to the contents to be developed in the hands-on sessions, on the topics of Statistical shape analysis, Beam forming and Motion estimation. The firs hands-on took place after a few hours of kayaking through the Catalan coast!

 

 

Day two started with the second clinical lecture was given by Dr. Eduard Gratacós about ultrasound of the fetal heart. We learned that it is now (challenging but) possible to assess chronic adaptation of the heart to a problem as early as 3 months on. In a small percentage of cases fetal therapy is possible. Relevant takeaway was the need for better resolution, analysis and interpretation of fetal images.

 

The following contributions included Mathieu Pernot's lecture on Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) US imaging, which explored the technology with tilted angles which allows for a better resolution at a greater frame rate. This technique allows observation of the distribution of blood in traumatized abdominal regions as well as an evaluation of myocardial anisotropy, and mapping of myocardial stiffness. Espen Remme then tought us concepts of cardiac mechanics , which allow a better understanding of the diastolic and systolic heart failure. The last lecture of the day was given by Jan d'Hooge, an expert in Motion estimation.

 

 

The industrial perspective was brought to the scene on day three by Miguel Angél Ballester, with an explanation on how to develop a business idea, and its relevance in applying the knowledge acquired through research. The last session was given by Nicolas Duchateau revealing examples on how manifold learning can be used to extract motion and deformation from speckle-tracking images.

 

 

As a social activity, the kayaking session along the beautiful Costa Brava, allowed us to relax and do some exercise! It was an interesting learning and networking experience. Thank you USART for the organization and the invite.

 

 

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