Mechanical Heart Pump Computed Tomography : 2012

Photograph by

Anders Persson

About this image

3D reconstructed image of the chest of a patient showing an implanted heart pump (blue). The patient was examined using a Dual Energy Computer Tomography (DECT) scanner. This takes a series of scans of the patient, a virtual ‘slice’ at two different X-ray energies. The slices can then be combined to form a virtual 3D image and computer processing can apply transparency and colour to the various types of tissue and the synthetic material of the pump. This image was used to check the connection between the aorta and the left side of the heart. The heart pump is a temporary device used in patients waiting for transplantation surgery. Centre for Medical Image Science and Visualisation (CMIV), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden