The first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart has been performed. The artificial heart was implanted into an undersized adolescent, and supported the boy for 11 days before he underwent a heart transplant. “3-D heart models and performance of virtual heart implantations are no longer the inventions of science fiction. They are happening and they are impacting medicine, medical education and quality of life right now,” one expert says.
Source: Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Virtual artificial heart implantation: Advances made by scientists.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 April 2014.