Until now, hospitals have replaced heart valves during open surgery, with the aid of a heart-lung machine. With HoloValve, surgeons can navigate using catheters with
x-ray to implant valve prostheses.
The goal of the HoloValve project is to better plan, prepare, predict and prevent problems that may occur during the operation, whether using open surgery or catheter techniques.
The HoloValve project develops holograms of the heart, made from CT and MRI images of a patient’s heart. Surgeons use the holograms to plan operations and virtually test new heart valves. These are mini-invasive procedures and they are performed without fully opening the thorax. HoloValves ambition is to develop the holograms into advanced 3D maps that will ensure safer navigation and better positioning of the valve.
Project manager: Dr. Gry Dahle
Consultant at the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet