Intelligent tumIntelligent tumor-locating surgical toolor-locating surgical tool

Intelligent tumIntelligent tumor-locating surgical toolor-locating surgical tool

Announcement Date : Dec 7 , 2016

Innovación: Freevolt (Transmisión y Reciclado de Energía Inalámbrica) y Sensyne (Inteligencia Artificial para el Internet de las Cosas)

Instituciones o centros de investigación participantes: •The Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research at the University of Hannover, Germany.
•Department of Fundamental Electricity and Instrumentation (ELEC) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Additional external partners involved in the development of several preliminary experiments and scientific discussions during the realisation of this project:
•Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Paderborn Germany.
•Institute for Robotics, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.
•Neurosurgery Department, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany.
•Neurosurgery Department, University Hospital Essen, Neurosurgery Clinic, Germany.
•Philipps University of Marburg; St. Barbara Clinic of Hamm, Germany.
•Departement SURF, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Autor: David Oliva Uribe, Ralf Stroop, Johan Schoukens, Jörg Wallaschek

Año: 2009-2016

Descripción: The device is based on self-sensing actuators using piezoelectric transducers. The actuator generates vibration on the tip of the instrument. When the device comes across brain tissue, the vibration is induced into the tissue and the device realizes the estimation of the mechanical properties of the evaluated area. This measurement is then compared to a reference value previously taken on a well-known healthy area. Like this, the device can determine whether the tissue is healthy or tumorous. The time to evaluate a testing point currently takes around 400 milliseconds, which allows a real-time evaluation.

Beneficio, Impacto Social: the development of this intelligent surgical tool allows the surgeon to improve the outcome of the standard surgical procedure. The surgeon will use the same tools he/she was trained to use, but with the confidence of having a measurement in real time of the condition of the brain tissue. This technology leads to a safe tumor removal, which in turn leads to an increase of life expectancy after surgery. In addition, the costs of developing this tool are significantly lower.

Impacto en la sociedad: An increase of life expectancy after surgery