Intra-operative ultrasound for navigation and treatment purposes combined with high resolution imaging, fusion and display of the resulting information on state of the art display systems has the potential of revealing anatomic details at a nano-millimeter level.
Use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) enables non-invasive cancer treatment (e.g. prostate cancer). The Verasonics Vantage 256 HIFU system allows researchers to investigate optimal delivery of high-energy amounts into the body on pre-clinical models. The SURF system aims to achieve targeted delivery of drugs by use of microbubbles and allow treatment of specific anatomic regions.
THE IMPACT //
High-resolution imaging, using sensors capable of high resolution (4K or 8K) is gradually becoming available for medical purposes. Furthermore intra-operative ultrasound technology enables real-time navigation and tissue characterization. A direct consequence of these improvements will be increased efficiency and better ergonomic conditions for the surgeons as well as improved patient safety and satisfaction. Use of ultrasound for treatment purposes allows to move from minimally invasive surgery towards non-invasive treatment with obvious benefits for the patient.
RESEARCH COORDINATORS //
Operating Room of the Future – NorMIT, St Olavs University Hospital Trondheim