Application of an inverse-forward approach to derive the 12-lead ECG from body surface potential maps

L.R. Bear*, Peter Huntjens, M. Potse, J. Duchateau, S. Dubois

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An inverse-forward approach was assessed to compute a 12-lead ECG from body surface potential mapping data. Using simulated data (n=21), reconstructed 12-lead ECGs had accurate morphology (CC > 0.88), amplitude (RMSE < 8.6%) and mean electrical axis during both depolarization and repolarization (vertical bar Delta θ vertical bar < 17 degrees). There was no significant deterioration in results until body surface mapping electrodes were removed within 6 cm of any 12-lead electrode (p < 0.0001). Reconstructed 12-lead ECGs of 6 CRT candidates captured the measured mean electrical axis during the QRS and T-wave (vertical bar Delta θ vertical bar = 6.2 +/- 4.7 and 14.2 +/- 2.6 degrees respectively). Furthermore, additional clinically relevant features were reproduced allowing the correct identification of left bundle branch block and nonspecific intraventricular conduction disturbance, including: broad/notched R-waves, presence/absence of Q-wave, and direction of T-waves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalComputing in Cardiology
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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