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Laser and Ultrasound Co-Analyzer for thyroid nodules

Objective

This is a trans-disciplinary project that joins endocrinologists (“end-users”), radiologists (“end-users”), physicists who are
experts in medical photonics, engineers who are experts in photonics and ultrasonics and the industry to work towards a
concentrated goal - to produce a novel, point-of-care, low-cost, screening device that combines two photonics systems
(near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) and time-resolved spectroscopy (TRS)) with a multi-modal ultrasound
(US) system and a probe that enables multi-modal data acquisition for the screening of thyroid nodules (TN) for thyroid
cancer (TC). TN are a common pathology having a prevalence of palpable nodules around 5% in women and 1% in men,
that increases to 19-76% with the use of neck US. In screening thyroid nodules, to exclude thyroid cancer which occurs in
5-15% of TN, the first step is the US followed by fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of suspicious nodules. The sensitivity
and specificity of this process in thyroid cancer are limited, with a large number of non-diagnostic and false positive results
that lead to unnecessary surgeries. A reduction in the number of surgeries with a point-of-care diagnostic procedure would
have an important socio-economic impact, diminishing the number of thyroidectomies and the associated comorbidities. This
implies savings of millions of euros per year. Evidence shows that multi-modal approaches that include hemodynamic
information leads to better specificity while each modality on its own fails. We hypothesize that a new optical-ultrasound
probe and integrated system enabled by the development of novel, key enabling photonic components and sub-systems to
provide synergetic information on tissue morphology, composition and function will have a large impact in this field. Our
action is directed by end-users who participate in the proposal and will be exploited by the industrial partners who cover the
whole value-chain.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pathology
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 048 730,37

Participants (7)

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 689 700
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSORCI INSTITUT D'INVESTIGACIONS BIOMEDIQUES AUGUST PI I SUNYER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 353 763,75
Address
Calle Rossello 149 Puerta Bjs
08036 Barcelona
Activity type
Other
HEMOPHOTONICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 402 299,63
Address
Avenida Carl Friedrich Gauss 3 Oficina 346 Mediterranean Technology Park
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 188 630,75
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMV IMAGING FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 273 542,50
Address
126 Boulevard De La Republique
16000 Angouleme
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 297 178,75
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIBIR GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH ZUR FORDERUNG DER ERFORSCHUNG DER BIOMEDIZINISCHEN BILDGEBUNG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 375 000
Address
Neutorgasse 9/2
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations