Computer Simulations Provide Insights About How the Heart Works
Mathematical modeling and computer simulations have provided many insights into the electrical behavior of the heart. However, models and simulations must be verified by experiments, and one way to experimentally measure the heart's electrical activity is to use optical methods and voltage sensitive dyes. But these experiments have their own limitations, which leads to more modeling, which leads to more experiments... It's an endless loop. In the June 2009 issue of the journal Physica D, CBR member Brad Roth published a paper about "Hybrid Modeling of Electrical and Optical Behavior in the Heart" (Volume 238, Pages 1019-1027). The paper begins
mapping of transmembrane potential using voltage-sensitive dyes has
revolutionized cardiac electrophysiology by enabling the visualization
of electrical excitation waves in the heart. However, the
interpretation of the optical mapping data is complicated by the fact
that the optical signal arises not just from the surface, but also from
some depth into the heart wall. Here, we review modeling efforts, in
which the diffusion of photons is incorporated into the computer
simulations of cardiac electrical activity ('hybrid' modeling), with
the goal of improving our understanding of optical signals."
Mathematical modeling and computer simulations have provided many
insights into the electrical behavior of the heart.
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