About Us

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IMIB-CHD stands for INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL IMAGE BANK for CONGENITAL HEART DISEASES

IMIB-CHD is a not-for-profit organization that aims to collect digital image data for all kinds of congenital heart disease and use the refined image data to reconstruct plastic replicas of the hearts for educational and research purposes.

Objectives

  • 1Collect digital image data and establish a repository of all varieties of congenital heart diseases
  • 2Create a museum of plastic replicas for all varieties of congenital heart diseases
  • 3Provide plastic replicas of selected cases for educational or simulation purposes on request
  • 4Organize educational morphology courses using image data and plastic replicas
  • 5Support educational activities by renting the plastic replicas to program organizers
  • 6Enhance the worldwide standard of the morphological understanding of congenital heart disease pathology
  • 7Translate image data and replicas for the production of implants tailored to the individual patient’s anatomy

Background

Teaching complex cardiac anatomy has depended on pathological specimens.

  • The specimens are obtained from autopsy or during cardiac transplantation. Therefore, most available specimens represent severe forms of disease that were not amenable to treatment or caused sudden cardiac death. This pathological collection hardly includes the full spectrum of congenital heart diseases.
  • New regulations limit retention of human body parts after autopsy or surgical removal.
  • Existing pathological specimens will undergo wear and tear, so their availability for education will be limited.
  • Only a limited number of dissections can be made for the observation of pathological features.

Modern medical imaging techniques provide ideal digital data for rapid prototyping.

  • Digital imaging allows easy data transfer and data sharing.
  • 3D volume acquisition of image data enables robust 3D reconstruction.
  • However, virtual 3D images have limitations for perception of complex anatomy.
  • Modern medical imaging data are readily available for rapid prototyping or 3D printing.

Rapid prototyping will allow reproduction of unlimited number of replicas of diseased organs.

  • The available replicas will account for the full spectrum of congenital heart disease.
  • Image data can be pooled and shared for educational purposes.