A new efficient method for detecting phase singularity in cardiac fibrillation

Young Seon Lee, Jun Seop Song, Minki Hwang, Byounghyun Lim, Boyoung Joung, Hui Nam Pak

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Background The point of phase singularity (PS) is considered to represent a spiral wave core or a rotor in cardiac fibrillation. Computational efficiency is important for detection of PS in clinical electrophysiology. We developed a novel algorithm for highly efficient and robust detection of PS. Methods In contrast to the conventional method, which calculates PS based on the line integral of the phase around a PS point equal to ±2pi; (the Iyer-Gray method), the proposed algorithm (the location-centric method) looks for the phase discontinuity point at which PS actually occurs. We tested the efficiency and robustness of these two methods in a two-dimensional mathematical model of atrial fibrillation (AF), with and without remodeling of ionic currents. Results 1. There was a significant association, in terms of the Hausdorff distance (3.30 ± 0.0 mm), between the PS points measured using the Iyer-Gray and location-centric methods, with almost identical PS trajectories generated by the two methods. 2. For the condition of electrical remodeling of AF (0.3 × ICaL), the PS points calculated by the two methods were satisfactorily co-localized (with the Hausdorff distance of 1.64±0.09 mm). 3. The proposed location-centric method was substantially more efficient than the Iyer-Gray method, with a 28.6-fold and 28.2-fold shorter run times for the control and remodeling scenarios, respectively. Conclusion We propose a new location-centric method for calculating PS, which is robust and more efficient compared with the conventionally used method.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0167567
JournalPloS one
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by grants (A085136) from the Korea Health 21 R&D Project and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP) (NRF-2013R1A2A2A01014634) and the Ministry of Education (2014R1A1A2059391).

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© 2016 Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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