In response to the first call of the FP6 Human Resources and mobility program an Research Training Network has been prepared to address a cross-disciplinary area, critically in need of developming researchers with the understanding of the cross-cutting is sues involved in developing tools for Minimally Invasive Therapy. A multidisciplinary consortium, aims at providing training for young researchers through a structured training and knowledge transfer program â¿¿ that will provide Europe with human resource s with knowledge that will lead to better healthcare to citizens in Europe.The particular focus of the research training and joint project will be software that is user-friendly, fast and reliable for the practitioners of minimal invasive therapy (MIT). MI T is a compound of minimally invasive surgery, image guided surgery and interventional radiology. MIT makes use of numerous sources of information including multi-modal images and patient information systems. Intelligent processing of this information comp rises a vast pool of knowledge that can aid the operator in his decisions. The ultimate goal of the joint project, which will give the recruited researcher training-by-doing, is to create an Augmented Reality system for interactive image guided therapy pro viding the clinical user with a new generation of decision support tools. This system will integrate intra-operative and pre-operative image-information and enable the user to see beyond the organ surface to inner structures and pathology. An intuitive hum an computer interface consisting of 3D display systems, haptics and robotics will hide the underpinning complexity of the decision support tools. Demonstrators will be made aiming at providing a seamless workflow for the clinical user conducting image-guid ed therapy.
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