This ECG imaging vest could predict sudden cardiac death risk

UCL medical student Mansoon Tamang in the ECGI vest. [Image courtesy of UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science /James Tye]

Researchers say they developed an electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) vest that could help predict sudden cardiac death risk.

A team at University College London (UCL) says detailed mapping of the heart’s electrical activity was previously rare. It either required catheter insertion or single-use devices that prove costly and time-consuming. Plus, those devices could involve radiation.

This team designed a reusable, time-efficient ECGI vest — which requires just five minutes per patient — with the potential for use in standard care. Dr. Gaby Captur of the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Royal Free Hospital, London, developed the vest. Researchers published their work in a paper in the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

“We identified a problem in …

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