NORWEGIAN NATIONAL ADVISORY UNIT FOR ULTRASOUND AND IMAGE GUIDED THERAPY
Surgeons, engineers and scientists in Trondheim are collaborating closely in a unique way to improve current surgical methods and to develop new techniques for minimally invasive surgery, using ultrasound and image-guided therapy. For patients this mean safer operations and faster recovery.
The unit is staffed by experts from St. Olav's Hospital, NTNU and SINTEF, and works closely together with several other national university hospitals and international collaborators. Thomas Langø coordinates the centre.
Simulator developed by USIGT used as a tool in anatomical teaching for students
Since 2005 a simulator developed by USIGT has been used as a tool in anatomical teaching for students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU.
The USIGT advisory unit was represented at the 29th annual conference of SMIT
The USIGT advisory unit was represented at the 29th annual conference of SMIT - International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology, in Torino, Italy, 9-10 November 2017.
Multimodal model of lever for research purposes
A new open access paper from USIGT has been published. The paper describes the full procedure on how to make an exact replica of a human liver for research purposes.
The liver model is multimodal, i.e. it may be imaged by ultrasound, CT and MR with realistic results, particularly for ultrasound and CT. The work has been part of the PhD project of candidate Anna Rethy. The work was also presented at SMIT 2016 in Delft, The Netherlands, and recieved best paper award at the conference. Several groups nationally and internationally have contacted us about this method as they are interested in making similar models, also of other organs.
SINTEF, NTNU and St. Olavs hospital organized a full week course 25-29 September 2017 in the context of the ITN EU project HiPerNav. The course was a training course in technologies related to minimally invasive surgery, focus on liver resection with the laparoscopic technique.
The photo shows the PhDs testing the VR simulators at NSALK (www.nsalk.org) at St. Olavs hospital during the first day of the course.
SINTEF and Ceetron AS in Trondheim have collaborated with partners in Netherlands and Ireland on a project proposal for the Eurostars call in the Eureka program of EU, in the spring of 2017. This summer the evaluation concluded that our proposal was the best one out of more than 400 proposals submitted.
Bronchoscopy. Photo: SINTEF
Scientists at SINTEF, NTNU and St. Olavs Hospital at the Norwegian National Advisory Unit for Ultrasound and Image-guided Therapy has since the 1990-ies been researching the use of 3D ultrasound in various clinical procedures. It has resulted in a number of articles about methods for 3D ultrasound imaging. A review paper published in the October issue of the accredited scientific journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology confirms that the Trondheim group is among the foremost in this field.
Ill.: Image to the right: 3D ultrasound of a brain tumour (MR image on top).
A serious game / web-app for improving medical imaging interpretation skills
has been developed by computer science students from NTNU in collaboration with USIGT. The current application domain is neurosurgery and you will be asked multiple choice questions related to Ultrasound and MR images of the brain, point at key structures in such images and outline the borders of brain tumors. Read more about the MIIP Game here.
New dataset available for download
The dataset consists of ultrasound and MR images from 23 cases of low-grade glioma (brain tumors). Read more and download here.
Collaboration with Bergen in navigated flexible endoscopy
In 2016 the advisory unit, USIGT, started collaboration with Haukeland University Hospital and Khanh Cong Do Pham. In the project we are studying the advantages using navigation during flexible endoscopy, such as POEM – per oral endoscopic myotomy.
CustusX navigation/visualization during an endoscopic myotomy procedure at Haukeland University Hospital.
Preclinical trail in NAVICAD project
A preclinical trail was performed in the NAVICAD project. Fraxinus, developed at SINTEF and St. Olavs hospital, is used as the planning module in the NAVICAD system. Read more in the CustusX webpages and the NAVICAD project web.
NAVICAD: Navigation system for confocal laser endomicroscopy to improve optical biopsy of peripheral lesions in the lungs.
Fraxinus used as a planning module in the NAVICAD project.
A new EU project with the Intervention Center
HiPerNav (High Performance Soft-tissue Navigation) is a new EU project started in November 2016. New technological methods will be developed to simplify the usage and improve the accuracy in surgical navigation. The developed methods will be integrated in CustusX and NorMIT, and the most promising methods will also be integrated in a commercial product for one of the industrial partners (CAScination, Switzerland). Read more about the new EU project here
Navigation using CustusX in laparoscopic liver surgery at St. Olavs Hospital.
Open access book chapter accepted for publication in InTech
The advisory unit, USIGT, has written a chapter for the InTech Open Access book "Laparoscopic surgery". The chapter is about image-guided pancreatic surgery. See http://www.intechopen.com.
CustusX navigation during a laparoscopic pancreas procedure at St. Olavs Hospital. Photo: SINTEF