Virtual Mitral Valve Repair



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.

  • Allows for surgical techniques and parameters to be tested before operating on the patient.
  • Allows for the incorporation of data from multiple clinical imaging systems.
  • Simulates pre- and post-operative mitral valve function and quantitatively provides biomechanical and functional information pertaining to leaflet coaptation, leaflet stress, chordal stress, etc.
  • May help to decrease the amount of surgical procedures needed per patient, thus saving time for both patients and surgeons, as well as reducing overall healthcare costs.

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

Dr. Hyunggun Kim and Dr. David McPherson

Patent Information:

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