Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Computer Science


School of Computer and Security Science


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

First Supervisor

Professor Kamal Alameh

Second Supervisor

Dr Hoang Nguyen


This thesis represents the initial phase of a proposed operator and patient friendly method designed to semi-automate the positioning and directing of an intravascular catheter in the human heart using a variable electromagnetically induced field to control a catheter tip equipped with three tiny fixed magnets oriented in XYZ planes. Here we demonstrate a comprehensive mathematical model which accurately calculates the magnetic field generated by the electromagnet system, and the magnetic torques and forces exerted on a three-magnet tip catheter. From this we have developed an iterative predictive computer algorithm to show the displacement and deflection of the catheter tip. Using an eight variable power electromagnet system around a 250mm sphere of air we have proven the ability of this to accurately move the catheter tip from an initial position to a designated position within the field.

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