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TAHITI Result In Brief

Project ID: 269300
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Spain

Image-assisted therapy and intervention

A team of scientists is developing new imaging technologies and tools integrated with conventional medical procedures to improve their performance and safety.
Image-assisted therapy and intervention
Medical imaging has revolutionised the detection and diagnosis of diseases and trauma. It is also changing the way therapeutic and intervention procedures are done. For example, a surgeon can watch the path of their instrument on a 3D representation of the body parts of interest as they perform surgery. The image can provide exquisite detail regarding the exact boundary between the diseased or damaged tissue and the healthy tissue.

With EU support of the project 'Improving therapy and intervention through imaging' (TAHITI), researchers are focusing on interventional cardiac therapy and surgery and therapy of soft tissue organs. The training network consisting of three European institutions and Johns Hopkins University in the United States is improving multimodal imaging strategies. This is accompanied by better characterisation of dysfunctional tissue, more efficient segmentation and improved image fusion. The latter refers to combining relevant information from two or more images into a single one and is critical to full exploitation of multimodal imaging.

Regarding cardiac procedures, scientists have developed a novel method to segment and analyse images of scars after infarct (tissue death following lack of blood supply). The team also proposed a new multimodal magnetic resonance (MR) imaging protocol and analysis tools to determine areas at risk. In other research, investigators created new methodologies to integrate MR imaging with electrophysiological procedures and to fuse MR-derived information into angiography procedures.

Similar progress has been made regarding soft tissue organs with an emphasis on liver and abdominal procedures. Scientists developed a procedure for panoramic viewing during endoscopy. They also developed a protocol to fuse MR and computerised tomography data sets for metastasis identification and liver surgery planning. Real-time imaging of the effects of therapeutic drugs and fusion of pre-operative and real-time data during soft tissues and abdominal interventions promise important benefits.

The multidisciplinary TAHITI project is making significant advancements in the area of imaging methodologies and tools for surgical and therapeutic interventions. Outcomes have been presented widely at international conferences and in journal articles, and promise important benefits for the EU competitive position and for the health of its citizens.

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Keywords

Therapy, intervention, imaging, cardiac therapy, soft tissue organs, multimodal imaging
Record Number: 159898 / Last updated on: 2015-05-15
Domain: IT, Telecommunications