Data visualisation tools to support large cardiovascular clinical trials

Data visualisation tools developed by Zegami will be used by Oxford University for large cardiovascular clinical trials.

Oxford University researchers at the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility will apply data visualisation techniques to hundreds of thousands of images of the heart, making it easier to categorise them and identify new trends and patterns.

Cardiovascular imaging yields large data sets, both for image analysis as well as incorporation with other clinical data. Images are stored in digital formats with millions of pixels – the tool is to support analysis of these images.

Cristiana Monteiro, Head of the Oxford Research Echocardiography Core Laboratory, said “Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, and some 7.4 million people are living with cardiovascular conditions.”

“We believe data visualisation tools could address many of the problems we face trying to navigate and make sense of these large complex imaging datasets, allowing researchers to generate faster insights and results.”

Steve Taylor, Chief Scientific Officer at Zegami and Oxford University researcher “Advances in technology means the medical profession can take more images relating to cardiovascular issues than ever before, and the information captured in these can help detect heart and circulatory problems in patients more quickly, improve treatment levels and the overall quality of life of millions of people.”

The company said it turns complicated datasets into a visual platform that is easy to navigate and interact with, and provides a unique way to study the cardiovascular health of thousands of different patients at the same time.