Bio


Prash Ganesan is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Stanford University Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a versatile problem-solver at the intersection of engineering and medicine with experience in performing research and development in both academia and medical device industry. He was previously a research fellow at the US National Institutes of Health working on conditions such as cervical cancer and Pneumonia using Deep Learning approaches. In 2019, he was awarded the "Impactful Bioengineering Research" scholarship for his research on atrial fibrillation therapy. His work on atrial fibrillation also received the best paper finalist award from IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology society. He is a co-inventor of patents on novel mapping approaches for atrial fibrillation, and has presented his work at prestigious venues such as the Heart Rhythm Society scientific session. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, reading biographies and non-fictional books, and songwriting.

Professional Education


  • PhD, Florida Atlantic University, Electrical Engineering (2019)
  • MS, Rochester Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering (2015)
  • BE, Anna University, Electronics Engineering (2013)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Signal processing, Pattern recognition, Atrial fibrillation, Arrhythmia Mapping

All Publications


  • Atrial fibrillation source area probability mapping using electrogram patterns of multipole catheters BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ONLINE Ganesan, P., Cherry, E. M., Huang, D. T., Pertsov, A. M., Ghoraani, B. 2020; 19 (1): 27

    Abstract

    Catheter ablation therapy involving isolation of pulmonary veins (PVs) from the left atrium is performed to terminate atrial fibrillation (AF). Unfortunately, standalone PV isolation procedure has shown to be a suboptimal success with AF continuation or recurrence. One reason, especially in patients with persistent or high-burden paroxysmal AF, is known to be due to the formation of repeating-pattern AF sources with a meandering core inside the atria. However, there is a need for accurate mapping and localization of these sources during catheter ablation.A novel AF source area probability (ASAP) mapping algorithm was developed and evaluated in 2D and 3D atrial simulated tissues with various arrhythmia scenarios and a retrospective study with three cases of clinical human AF. The ASAP mapping analyzes the electrograms collected from a multipole diagnostic catheter that is commonly used during catheter ablation procedure to intelligently sample the atria and delineate the trajectory path of a meandering repeating-pattern AF source. ASAP starts by placing the diagnostic catheter at an arbitrary location in the atria. It analyzes the recorded bipolar electrograms to build an ASAP map over the atrium anatomy and suggests an optimal location for the subsequent catheter location. ASAP then determines from the constructed ASAP map if an AF source has been delineated. If so, the catheter navigation is stopped and the algorithm provides the area of the AF source. Otherwise, the catheter is navigated to the suggested location, and the process is continued until an AF-source area is delineated.ASAP delineated the AF source in over 95% of the simulated human AF cases within less than eight catheter placements regardless of the initial catheter placement. The success of ASAP in the clinical AF was confirmed by the ablation outcomes and the electrogram patterns at the delineated area.Our analysis indicates the potential of the ASAP mapping to provide accurate information about the area of the meandering repeating-pattern AF sources as AF ablation targets for effective AF termination. Our algorithm could improve the success of AF catheter ablation therapy by locating and subsequently targeting patient-specific and repeating-pattern AF sources inside the atria.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12938-020-00769-0

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  • Re-evaluating The Multiple Wavelet Hypothesis for Atrial Fibrillation. Heart rhythm Ganesan, P., Narayan, S. M. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.hrthm.2020.07.009

    View details for PubMedID 32673795

  • Locating Atrial Fibrillation Rotor and Focal Sources Using Iterative Navigation of Multipole Diagnostic Catheters CARDIOVASCULAR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Ganesan, P., Cherry, E. M., Huang, D. T., Pertsov, A. M., Ghoraani, B. 2019; 10 (2): 354–66

    Abstract

    Multi-polar diagnostic catheters are used to construct the 3D electro-anatomic mapping of the atrium during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedures; however, it remains unclear how to use the electrograms recorded by these catheters to locate AF-driving sites known as focal and rotor source types. The purpose of this study is to present the first algorithm to iteratively navigate a circular multi-polar catheter to locate AF focal and rotor sources without the need to map the entire atria.Starting from an initial location, the algorithm, which was blinded to the location and type of the AF source, iteratively advanced a Lasso catheter based on its electrogram characteristics. The algorithm stopped the catheter when it located of an AF source and identified the type. The efficiency of the algorithm is validated using a set of simulated focal and rotor-driven arrhythmias in fibrotic human 2D and 3D atrial tissue.Our study shows the feasibility of locating AF sources with a success rate of greater than 95.25% within average 7.56 ± 2.28 placements independently of the initial position of the catheter and the source type.The algorithm could play a critical role in clinical electrophysiology laboratories for mapping patient-specific ablation of AF sources located outside the pulmonary veins and improving the procedure success.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s13239-019-00414-5

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  • Iterative navigation of multipole diagnostic catheters to locate repeating-pattern atrial fibrillation drivers JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY Ganesan, P., Salmin, A., Cherry, E. M., Huang, D. T., Pertsov, A. M., Ghoraani, B. 2019; 30 (5): 758–68

    Abstract

    Targeting repeating-pattern atrial fibrillation (AF) sources (reentry or focal drivers) can help in patient-specific ablation therapy for AF; however, the development of reliable and accurate tools for locating such sources remains a major challenge. We describe iterative catheter navigation (ICAN) algorithm to locate AF drivers using a conventional circular Lasso catheter.At each step, the algorithm analyzes 10 bipolar electrograms recoded at a given catheter location and the history of previous catheter movements to determine if the source is inside the catheter loop. If not, it calculates new coordinates and selects a new position for the catheter. The process continues until a source is located. The algorithm was evaluated in a computer model of atrial tissue with various degrees of fibrosis under a broad range of arrhythmia scenarios. The latter included slow and fast reentry, macroreentry, figure-of-eight reentry, and fibrillatory conduction. Depending on the initial distance of the catheter from the source and scenario, it took about 3 to 16 steps to localize an AF source. In 94% of cases, the identified location was within 4 mm from the source, independently of the initial position of the catheter. The algorithm worked equally well in the presence of patchy fibrosis, low-voltage areas, fragmented electrograms, and dominant-frequency gradients.AF repeating-pattern sources can be localized using circular catheters without the need to map the entire tissue. The proposed algorithm has the potential to become a useful tool for patient-specific ablation of AF sources located outside the pulmonary veins.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/jce.13872

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  • Assessment of Data Augmentation Strategies Toward Performance Improvement of Abnormality Classification in Chest Radiographs. Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference Ganesan, P., Rajaraman, S., Long, R., Ghoraani, B., Antani, S. 2019; 2019: 841–44

    Abstract

    Image augmentation is a commonly performed technique to prevent class imbalance in datasets to compensate for insufficient training samples, or to prevent model overfitting. Traditional augmentation (TA) techniques include various image transformations, such as rotation, translation, channel splitting, etc. Alternatively, Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), due to its proven ability to synthesize convincingly-realistic images, has been used to perform image augmentation as well. However, it is unclear whether GAN augmentation (GA) strategy provides an advantage over TA for medical image classification tasks. In this paper, we study the usefulness of TA and GA for classifying abnormal chest X-ray (CXR) images. We first trained a progressive-growing GAN (PG-GAN) to synthesize high-resolution CXRs for performing GA. Then, we trained an abnormality classifier using three training sets individually - training set with TA, with GA and with no augmentation (NA). Finally, we analyzed the abnormality classifier's performance for the three training cases, which led to the following conclusions: (1) GAN strategy is not always superior to TA for improving the classifier's performance; (2) in comparison to NA, however, both TA and GA leads to a significant performance improvement; and, (3) increasing the quantity of images in TA and GA strategies also improves the classifier's performance.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/EMBC.2019.8857516

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  • Performance Evaluation of a Generative Adversarial Network for Deblurring Mobile-phone Cervical Images. Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference Ganesan, P., Xue, Z., Singh, S., Long, R., Ghoraani, B., Antani, S. 2019; 2019: 4487–90

    Abstract

    Visual examination forms an integral part of cervical cancer screening. With the recent rise in smartphone-based health technologies, capturing cervical images using a smartphone camera for telemedicine and automated screening is gaining popularity. However, such images are highly prone to image corruption, typically out-of-focus target or camera shake blur. In this paper, we applied a generative adversarial network (GAN) to deblur mobile-phone cervical (MC) images, and we evaluate the deblur quality using various measures. Our evaluation process is three-fold: first, we calculate the peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR) and the structural similarity (SSIM) of a test dataset with ground truth availability. Next, we calculate the perception based image quality evaluator (PIQE) score of a test dataset without ground truth availability. Finally, we classify a dataset of blurred and the corresponding deblurred images into normal/abnormal MC images. The resulting change in classification accuracy was our final assessment. Our evaluation experiments show that deblurring of MC images can potentially improve the accuracy of both manual and automated cancerous lesion screening.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/EMBC.2019.8857124

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  • Developing an Iterative Tracking Algorithm to Guide a Catheter Towards Atrial Fibrillation Rotor Sources in Simulated Fibrotic Tissue Ganesan, P., Zilouchian, H., Cherry, E. M., Pertsov, A. M., Ghoraani, B., IEEE IEEE. 2018

    Abstract

    Locating atrial fibrillation (AF) rotor sources can help target ablation therapy for AF. Our aim was to develop a catheter-tracking algorithm to locate AF rotor sources using a conventional 20-electrode circular catheter. We simulated rotor-driven arrhythmias in homogeneous and fibrotic human atrial tissue and evaluated the algorithm for different initial catheter positions. The algorithm guided and detected a rotor with a success rate of greater than 97.9% independently of the initial position of the catheter with an accuracy of greater than 2.3±1.4 mm.

    View details for DOI 10.22489/CinC.2018.129

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  • Development of a Rotor-Mapping Algorithm to Locate Ablation Targets During Atrial Fibrillation Ganesan, P., Cherry, E. M., Pertsov, A. M., Ghoraani, B., IEEE IEEE. 2018: 41–44

    Abstract

    Catheter ablation therapy involving isolation of pulmonary veins (PVs) remains the cornerstone procedure to treat AF. However, due to the sub-optimal success rates of PV isolation, there is a need for new ablation techniques to locate AF ablation targets known as rotors, outside of the PVs. In this paper, we developed a novel rotor-mapping algorithm that uses a conventional diagnostic catheter, Lasso, to locate a rotor source. The algorithm, called the Region of Rotor (ROR) Mapping, utilizes the characteristics of local bipolar electrograms to navigate the catheter's iterative placements while generating a map, overlaid on the atrial anatomy, that displays the potential rotor region. We evaluated the developed ROR mapping algorithm using a 2D simulation of AF on a tissue with heterogeneous conduction properties. The results demonstrated a significant success rate of 93% in accurately locating the region of the rotor with a mean distance of 1.4mm from the ground truth trajectory. The algorithm could play a critical role in mapping non-PV AF ablation targets and improving the outcome of AF ablation.

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  • Simulation of Spiral Waves and Point Sources in Atrial Fibrillation with Application to Rotor Localization Ganesan, P., Shillieto, K. E., Ghoraani, B., Bamidis, P. D., Konstantinidis, S. T., Rodrigues, P. P. IEEE. 2017: 379–84

    Abstract

    Cardiac simulations play an important role in studies involving understanding and investigating the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias. Today, studies of arrhythmogenesis and maintenance are largely being performed by creating simulations of a particular arrhythmia with high accuracy comparable to the results of clinical experiments. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia in the United States and many other parts of the world, is one of the major field where simulation and modeling is largely used. AF simulations not only assist in understanding its mechanisms but also help to develop, evaluate and improve the computer algorithms used in electrophysiology (EP) systems for ablation therapies. In this paper, we begin with a brief overeview of some common techniques used in simulations to simulate two major AF mechanisms - spiral waves (or rotors) and point (or focal) sources. We particularly focus on 2D simulations using Nygren et al.'s mathematical model of human atrial cell. Then, we elucidate an application of the developed AF simulation to an algorithm designed for localizing AF rotors for improving current AF ablation therapies. Our simulation methods and results, along with the other discussions presented in this paper is aimed to provide engineers and professionals with a working-knowledge of application-specific simulations of spirals and foci.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/CBMS.2017.161

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  • Characterization of Electrograms from Multipolar Diagnostic Catheters during Atrial Fibrillation. BioMed research international Ganesan, P., Cherry, E. M., Pertsov, A. M., Ghoraani, B. 2015; 2015: 272954

    Abstract

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in USA with more than 2.3 million people affected annually. Catheter ablation procedure is a method for treatment of AF, which involves 3D electroanatomic mapping of the patient's left atrium (LA) by maneuvering a conventional multipolar diagnostic catheter (MPDC) along the LA endocardial surface after which pulmonary vein (PV) isolation is performed, thus eliminating the AF triggers originating from the PVs. However, it remains unclear how to effectively utilize the information provided by the MPDC to locate the AF-sustaining sites, known as sustained rotor-like activities (RotAs). In this study, we use computer modeling to investigate the variations in the characteristics of the MPDC electrograms, namely, total conduction delay (TCD) and average cycle length (CL), as the MPDC moves towards a RotA source. Subsequently, a study with a human subject was performed in order to verify the predictions of the simulation study. The conclusions from this study may be used to iteratively direct an MPDC towards RotA sources thus allowing the RotAs to be localized for customized and improved AF ablation.

    View details for DOI 10.1155/2015/272954

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