Project: Digital system and 3d printing
Partners: Kings College London Department
of Biomedical Engineering, Science Gallery London.
Big Heart Data is a digital system for creating
personalised digital and 3d printed models of hearts.
“Nominated for HealthTech Innovation of the Year.” Digital Leaders.
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Each human heart has a unique anatomy, which is affected by factors such as age, environment, genetics and disease. What if you could observe your own heart and identify your personalised pathway that maximises your health and quality of life?
In collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at KCL, Cellule studio has created ‘Big Heart Data’, a speculative project exploring cardiac simulation technologies and its potential impact in a patient-centred healthcare system. The main concept is a digital system for creating personalised digital and 3D-printed models of hearts, enabling clinicians and patients to understand the variability of heart anatomies and anticipate future heart health.
Recent innovations in imaging and modelling technologies are enabling to ‘see’ and hold a model of a patient’s unique heart. Computers are learning to predict the heart’s ‘journey of growth’ from birth to adulthood, allowing to predict the impact of lifestyle choices, environmental conditions and premature birth. It’s the vision of our “virtual twin” that develops with us, and informs of our best chances to maximise our longevity and quality of life.
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The project is envisioning patients accessing their medical data and building accurate 3D models of their own heart. This personal cardiac dashboard can be used to anticipate future heart health, and to plan both lifestyle choices and preventive interventions. This empowers patients to understand their condition and to participate in their own health care with the clinician, taking an informed leading role in this process.
‘Big Heart Data’ is showcasing exclusively at the Science Gallery London an installation of 50 printed models from a mix of patient scans and models, with a digital interface anatomical variations and the potential journey of growth from birth to adulthood. Reflecting on technological advancements in diagnosis, this collaboration between design and medical innovation paves the way on what is a possible and preferable future, looking at the issue from a human perspective.
Dr Pablo Lamata
Dr. Pablo Lamata is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and an Honorary Reader in Computational Cardiology at King’s College of London. His research interest focuses in the combination of imaging and computational modelling technologies to improve the management of cardiovascular diseases. He develops solutions to stratify subjects according to the remodelling of cardiac anatomy, to characterise the performance of the heart during diastole, and to assess non-invasively the pressure driving blood flow. His team (cmib.website) has developed solutions for the identification of faulty valves, for the detection of growth differences caused by pre-term birth, or for the optimal patient selection for ablation or resynchronization therapies, among others. He coordinates the EU consortium “Personalised In-Silico Cardiology” (picnet.eu) that develops modelling methodologies to optimize clinical protocols, from data acquisition to device parameters and intervention choices.
Salomé is the founder of Cellule design studio. Working in award-winning projects, her vision is to combine design with new technologies to explore new ways to engage people with healthcare, their own body and data.
Graduate from Central Saint Martins in Industrial Design, her work covers a wide range of practice including product design, experience design, graphics, lighting design and scenography. She has worked for renowned designer Es Devlin, and for many high profile clients such as Samsung, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, WhiteCube. She specialized since 3 years in work for medical research and scientific innovation, developing products for surgical training, a 3D printed wheelchair, and now partner with computer scientists in medical imagery and scholars in network intelligence.
Cellule studio has been acknowledged by the Design Museum as one of the ’10 most exciting UK emerging design practice of 2019’.
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