Watch the interview: MFM research helping babies with heart defects

Tags: maternal-fetal medicine, research

Collaborative research happening in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in partnership with the UW-Madison SMPH Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery, and the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, will change the way congenital heart defects are evaluated and treated.

Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, spoke with WKOW in Madison about a new project that involves creating 3D printed models of fetal hearts based on ultrasound images. The models are quite detailed: 

“It was still great to see that we could recreate all the chambers, potentially valves, potentially inflow and outflow,” says Iruretagoyena.

In the lab, researchers are also able to pump fluid through the heart models, and use the information gathered to refine surgical repairs.

Watch the whole interview to learn more about this game-changing research. 

This research was also published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. Read "Modeling Fetal Cardiac Anomalies From Prenatal Echocardiography With 3-Dimensional Printing and 4-Dimensional Flow Magnetic Resonance Imaging" to learn more about this incredible work!