The mitral valve controls the flow of blood between the left atrium and left ventricle of the heart. Severe defects in the mitral valve usually result in the need for surgical intervention. Selecting an appropriate surgical procedure to repair the mitral valve is performed based on several geometric parameters of the mitral valve measured by diagnostic imaging, mostly echocardiography. It is not uncommon for surgeons to perform multiple surgeries on a single patient before achieving success. In order to increase the success of mitral valve surgeries, inventors at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston have developed software that can simulate surgical procedures on a patient’s mitral valve using personalized imaging data. This software provides a powerful tool that can better prepare doctors for mitral valve surgery.
Market Approximately 100,000 mitral valve surgeries are performed each year. The global medical simulation market is currently valued around $800 million and is expected to reach almost $2 billion by 2017.
Intellectual Property US Patent Application filed
License Available World-wide exclusive or non-exclusive
Researchers Dr. Hyunggun Kim and Dr. David McPherson