A usability evaluation of a body surface potential map visualization system

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Although the Body Surface Potential Map (BSPM) is considered to be an improved technique for the detection of cardiac pathologies when compared to the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), it has not been adopted for routine clinical practice. This is partly due to a lack of clinician-friendly tools for visualizing the large amount of data a BSPM contains. This work presents the details of a usability evaluation of a BSPM viewer. This evaluation was conducted at the 2010 Computing in Cardiology meeting. Seven delegates (7 males, age:39±11) were recruited to take part in the evaluation. The protocol required the participants to complete a pre-test questionnaire, attempt a series of tasks whilst `thinking-aloud' and at the end of the session, complete a post-test questionnaire. Based on 3.5 hours of video and audio recordings (circa), 41 use errors were discovered and given a severity rating (mean:2.24±1.09, 1=cosmetic, 4=critical). Using a five-star scale, participants rated the responsiveness of the viewer (mode: 4/5), its usefulness (mode:3/4), learnability (mode:3/4), and its `look and feel' (mode:5). In conclusion, a usability evaluation was carried out in a conference setting to assess and improve the interface of a BSPM visualization system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2011
EventInternational Conference on Computing in Cardiology - China
Duration: 1 Dec 2011 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computing in Cardiology
Period1/12/11 → …


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