Florence Sheehan's Cardiac Imaging Research Lab's mission is to develop and
apply accurate methods for quantitative cardiac image analysis and patient
Sheehan is the principal investigator of two grants funding the development and
validation of an echo simulator, and of grants that funded the technology
foundation for the simulator and its educational software. She has devoted 31
years to the development and application of quantitative methods for analyzing
images of the heart and other organs. These include a freehand 3D echo system
utilizing a magnetic field tracking device such as will be implemented in the
proposed simulator, the piecewise smooth subdivision surface method for 3D
reconstruction, and Visual Guidance to assist inexperienced users acquire
diagnostic ultrasound images in the anatomically correct view.
1990, Dr. Sheehan launched an industry-university consortium and directed it
for 13 years until it concluded with delivery of multiple software products.
Dr. Sheehan directs the Cardiovascular Research and Training Center at the
University of Washington which has served as Core Laboratory for image analysis
to 16 multi-center clinical trials. She has founded two companies whose
products focus on 3D analysis of the LV and RV, respectively from echo or
magnetic resonance images.