Patent Number: 8,577,441

Title: System and method for image based physiological monitoring of cardiovascular function

Abstract: A method for real time monitoring of cardiac function includes defining a plurality of planes through a heart from which to acquire heart imaging data, acquiring a sequence of 2-dimensional images from said selected planes, wherein each said image comprises a plurality of intensities defined on a domain of points on a 2D grid, selecting one or more of said sequence of images to provide imaging data for monitoring heart function, wherein said remaining unselected images are adapted for diagnostic purposes, and repeating said steps of acquiring a sequence of 2-dimensional images from said selected planes and selecting one or more of said sequence of images for monitoring heart function, wherein a time sequence of images is obtained, alternating between images for monitoring heart function and images for diagnostic purposes.

Inventors: Lorenz; Christine H (Frederick, MD), Maier; Corinna (Princeton, NJ)

Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 5/05 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017