LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands- A use case

It is as if you hold a patient’s heart in your hands. This is the way cardio specialist Eduard Holman of the LUMC hospital describes it when he works with the new 3D visualization of the hart. The result: unique images, that give more information than ever before.


To diagnose a patient with heart problems a (2D) ultrasound is made.

The 2D ultrasound only shows a small part of the heart and you need to be a specialist to make the correct diagnosis


For example using 2D ultrasound to determine the exact location of a perforation between the atria is very difficult.


The C-Station shows the heart in 3D, showing the whole heart, which makes it easier to find the exact location of the perforation.

By using these 3D volumetric images the cardiologist and surgeons have a better overview and as such are  better prepared to perform the surgery.

The C-Station is used to facilitate patient discussions

Source: Summary based on article in Cicero, June 26, 2012