CCVI is an integrated platform consisting of experts in cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac anethesiology, radiology and engineering, collaborating in the development, translation and clinical implementation of diagnostic and therapeutic devices to reduce the burden of suffering from Cardiovascular disease. The Center's main focus is on the development of cardiovascular devices for the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease, structural heart disease, heart failure and heart rhythm disorders. They provide education and training in various devices, as well as integrate such training into hands-on experiences through anatomy and dissection. The CCVI's cadaveric perfusion/imaging model bridges experimental/investigational devices to commercial application, continuting to progress through device iteration and education.
Projects include work in transcatheter mitral and aortic valves, left ventricular assist devices, devices focused on stroke reduction, vascular access and closure devices, left atrial appendage occlusion, imaging of coronary artery plaque, lipid holographic imaging and additive manufacturing (3D printing). Works such as the “first in cadaver” model has introduced a method to bring the safest and most effective devices into the medical environment. By continuing to refine and modify the model, along with other future 3D printed tools, the world of medical technology is sure to grow, with UW placing itself as a leader for such development.
CCVI uses a proprietary cadaveric perfusion model to create a testing environment that is as similar to the clinical environment as possible, without using live patients.
The Center for Multidimensional Medicine takes the data obtained from echocardiograms and other imaging systems and translates the data into a 3-dimensional printed organ. This allows for physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students to learn from accurate 3-D models of patient-specific anatomy for educational settings as well as to supplement patient care decision making for procedurists.
The Center for Multidimensional Medicine is working with designers and programmers to develop new and better applications with the goal of creating immersive educational opportunities to explore the heart and other organs through virtual reality technology.