The contribution of our bioengineers in a cardiology operation

The DEIB biomechanics group at the service of surgery with 3D printing and computational simulation

The bioengineers of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB) of Politecnico di Milano successfully contributed to a complex interventional cardiology operation, unique in the national and European scene. The intervention consisted in the implant by catheter of two different devices in the atrium of a patient who, due to congenital defects, had a completely abnormal anatomy and function. Thanks to this implant, the function of the right atrium and the adjacent vessels, and thus, indirectly, of the heart and circulatory system, has been restored.

The plan for the operation exploited the 3D printing and computational simulation developed by IRCCS (Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalisation and Healthcare) Policlinico San Donato in collaboration with the Biomechanics group  of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, especially with the young PhD student Alessandro Caimi.

The activity was made possible thanks to the Computational Simulationand3D Laboratory, which IRCCS Policlinico San Donato recently created with the collaboration of Politecnico di Milano and the University of Pavia. 

The Laboratory currently boasts among its regular staff four bioengineers, three of whom heading from our Department: Omar PappalardoFilippo Piattiand Francesco Sturla.

The Laboratory acts as pivot and stimulus for an intense and far-reaching joint research activity between Department and Policlinico, which ranges from support to the planning of percutaneous interventions through modelling tools to the study of mechanisms underlying dysfunctions in the electromechanics of the heart that might cause the so-called sudden deaths.