Exploring the Living Heart

How 3D Modeling Can Revolutionize the Future of Human Health

Dassault Systèmes is exploring how technology is helping medicine cross a new frontier in the quest for saving lives.

Cardiovascular disease is single biggest cause of death around the world.  Significant advancements in research and medical technologies in recent decades has provided us with a better understanding of its causes, and in identifying  preventative measures and treatment options.   However, the reality is that not every person is alike in their physical makeup, and each may respond to treatment differently. 

What if we can use 3D computational modeling to explore each individual’s heart and guide the medical experts to create personalized therapies?

Video: The Heart of the Future

Article: How to Make a Human Heart?

Technology is helping researchers reconstruct human anatomy in true 3D representations, leading to a better understanding of the body’s physics and removing constraints on research.  This paves the way to virtually test treatment options without worrying about the impact on a patient.  There is no limit to where this technology can take us in helping to solve the mysteries of the human body.

» Read the article "How to make a human heart" (PDF)

We didn’t think it was possible to even see what we’re seeing – a three dimensional view of the heart and inside the heart. It’s very emotional because we can see now that we might be able to have the ability to help patients that we were never able to help before.

Scott Berkey CEO of SIMULIA

Blog: How to Make a Human Heart

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. While stents, transplants, angioplasty, by-pass operations, drugs and improved patient care have dramatically cut deaths from heart disease, it remains the number one killer. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated in 2013 that the disease globally accounted for 17.8 million, or one in three, deaths. But what if one day doctors could simulate an exact replica of your heart, imitating its unique electrical impulses, muscle fibre contractions and potential abnormalities?

» Read the blog post

Infographic: 3D Heart Models – An End to Cardiovascular Disease?

NOTE: The video, infographic and article were first published as an Advertisement Feature on bbc.com running from 27th June 2014 to 5th September 2014, and were created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes.