Network+ Meeting Summary, Friday 07 July 2017

40 attendees were present at the Image-Guided Therapies (IGT) Network+ meeting that took place on the 7th of July 2017 at the Imperial College London, hosted by Theme 3 Lead Dan Elson. The subjects discussed ranged from surgical imaging and high-frame rate contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging, to augmenting the reality of robotic surgery. This meeting provided an opportunity to bring together research staff, students, clinicians and industry partners to network, allowing them to form the key connections necessary to advance the UK image guided therapy field. Not only does this enhance academic collaboration across the UK IGT community, but it crucially bridges the gap between industry and research as the meeting had a strong presence of industry representatives and funders.

Presentation Highlights:

  • IGT Network+ Principal Investigator Sebastien Ourselin welcomed the participants of the event.
  • Theme 3 Lead and Imperial College host, Dan Elson, talked about surgical imaging and biophotonics.
  • Mengxing Tang’s presentation focused on high frame-rate contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging.
  • The IGT Research Call Concept awardees presentation included two talks. One of them was elaborated upon the functional MR-Linac based imaging for image-guided radiotherapy in lung cancer patients. This project, which represents a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, University of Manchester and University College London (UCL) was developed within the frame of Theme 2 (Focused energy delivery and motion compensation) and was presented at the IGT Network+ meeting by Dr Bilal Tahir and Dr Jamie McClelland. The second discussion was held by Dr Brice Thurin (UCL), Prof. Wolfgang Langbein (Cardiff University) & Dr Christos Bergeles (UCL). Their project, Towards cancer-margin assessment with coherent Raman spectroscopy, was developed within the lines of Theme 3, Interventional imaging, sensing and contrast agents.
  • Stamatia Giannarou from the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery elaborated upon the dynamic tissue surface geometry reconstruction for autonomous microscopic tissue scanning during tumour resection.
  • Finally, Erik Mayer, of the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, gave an overview of augmenting the reality of robotic surgery in a clinical presentation.

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