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The staff of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Polytechnic College of Jihlava joined their knowledge and experience to cooperate in a global project, Living Heart. Its ambitions is to become one of the key breakthroughs in the world of medicine. An accurate 3D model accelerates research and testing facilities for the heart disease treatment.

Scientists will participate in research and development for the treatment of heart disease. Thanks to the Living Heart model, the team of scientists and students can perform virtual tests and visualization of cardiac responses in ways that are not possible during physical testing. Dassault Systèmes, a major partner of the project, provided the software for the project worth several million czech crowns.

The Living Heart model features sophisticated anatomical details of the heart and proximal blood vessels, arch of the aorta, pulmonary artery, superior vena cava and the mouth of the other vessels connected to the circulatory system. The dynamic response of the heart model  is controlled by realistic electrical, structural physics. The prototype model represents a healthy heart which, when modified, can be used to study birth defects or heart diseases, by adjusting the shape and properties of tissues in an easy-to-use software editor. In addition, the simulator can be attached with medical devices to study their effect on the hearts function, thus verifying their efficiency and predict reliability in various conditions. It this way, it is possible to evaluate the optimal type, size and location of coronary stents in order to achieve their best performance.

Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform by Dassault Systèmes, a scientifically proven 3D application that realistically simulates the four chambers of human heart was created. It is the first product of its kind. The project team consists of leading cardiologists, pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers from around the world, working together to evaluate the application of the simulated heart model in medical equipment testing, improvement of clinical diagnosis and management of preoperative planning. Regulatory and scientific organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consortium for Innovation of medical devices (MDIC - Medical Device Innovation Consortium) are among the major members.

The testing utilises the crowdsourcing method that protects the intellectual property of each member but also allows you to share a common result.