Interactive Evaluation of Heart Disease with 3D Echocardiography

Project Code: 23647

Faculty: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Department: Anatomy

Main Supervisor: Professor Alistair Young

Application open date: 08 Jun 2015

Application deadline: 04 Jul 2018

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


The most widely used imaging method in cardiology is echocardiography (“echo”). Thousands of scans are performed daily to evaluate severity of disease and effectiveness of treatment. However, echo is limited by the availability of acoustic windows and may not be able to see all regions of the heart. The objective of this project is to utilize population data to derive an atlas of heart shape and function, and use this atlas to “fill in” the missing information from echo exams.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

Masters or Honours degree in Engineering, Physics or computer science. Experience with C++ programming prefered. 


·      Analyse 3D echo data from Auckland Hospital.

·      Extend customization software to determine patient specific heart models from the echo data.

·      Investigate ways in which population data can be used as a prior for the customization process.

Other information

Funding is available for a PhD stipend, fees and insurance for three years.