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BioelectromagnetismPrinciples and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields$
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Jaakko Malmivuo and Robert Plonsey

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195058239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058239.001.0001

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(p.336) Chapter 20 Magnetocardiography

Jaakko Malmivuo

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Though the detection of the magnetic heart vector is an obvious selection as the first clinical tool, many of the magnetocardiogram (MCG) studies of today have been made by mapping the normal component of the magnetic field of the heart around the thorax. There exist also many other kinds of trials for finding out clinical applications for the MCG. The localization of arrhythmogenic centers has also been a subject of intensive research. This chapter primarily aims to discuss the lead systems currently being applied in detecting the equivalent magnetic dipole of the heart, and to discuss briefly the ECG-MCG relationship.

Keywords:   magnetocardiogram, arrhythmogenic centers, localization, ECG-MCG relationship, lead systems, magnetic dipole

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