Parents and physicians can use the animated, three-dimensional tool to better understand and communicate about a child’s condition and treatment, and amateurs can try their hand at a shortened version of the complex repair, which may take a surgical team up to 12 hours to complete.
The interactive graphic focuses on a life-threatening congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (or MAPCAs), in which patients are born missing part or all of a major blood vessel that connects the heart to the lungs. That vessel, called the pulmonary artery, is critical because it delivers de-oxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs, where the blood gets a fresh supply of oxygen. Without the pulmonary artery, the circulatory system can’t get a normal amount of oxygen out to the body through the blood.
Other participating Stanford Medicine experts were
“It turns out that the same technology the multibillion-dollar game industry uses to conjure alien planets or historical battlefields works beautifully for re-creating and exploring the inside of the human body,” Sarno says. “It’s an inner world that’s still mysterious to many of us, and we hope that illuminating it will help families better understand life-changing medical procedures.”
The interactive graphic takes users through three chapters: the healthy heart, the defect and the repair, and is narrated by Hanley, Roth and Peng. At any time, users can click on the graphic for glossary descriptions of the heart, or drag and swivel the graphic 360 degrees to see every aspect of the heart and blood vessels.
“Even today, at hospitals across
Since 2001, Hanley and team have performed more than 530 unifocalization procedures at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, with patients traveling from 38 U.S. states and eight foreign countries. The new interactive animation will be a regular part of each patient-family’s orientation prior to them coming to the hospital for the procedure.
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