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J Electrocardiol. 2008 Nov-Dec;41(6):630-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2008.07.022.

Using inverse electrocardiography to image myocardial infarction--reflecting on the 2007 PhysioNet/Computers in Cardiology Challenge.

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School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.


The goal of the 2007 PhysioNet/Computers in Cardiology Challenge was to try to establish how well it is possible to characterize the location and extent of old myocardial infarcts using electrocardiographic evidence supplemented by anatomical imaging information. A brief overview of the challenge and how different challengers approached the competition is provided, followed by detailed response of the first author to integrate electrophysiologic and anatomical data. The first author used the provided 120-electrode body-surface potential mapping data and magnetic resonance imaging heart and torso images to calculate epicardial potentials on customized ventricular geometries. A method was developed to define the location and extent of scar tissue based on the morphology of computed epicardial electrograms. Negative Q-wave deflection followed by R-wave on the left ventricular surface seemed to correspond with the location of the scar as determined by the gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging gold standard in the supplied data sets. The method shows promising results as a noninvasive imaging tool to quantitatively characterize chronic infarcts and warrants further investigation on a larger patient data set.

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