Gabor Fichtinger


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Recent Research Projects

Surgical Data Science

2017/18-2019/20 • $500,000 • PI
This research program will concentrate on Surgical Data Science, specifically on novel technologies for minimally invasive medical interventions performed under computational image guidance. I aim to transcend human limitations in the accuracy and precision of image-guided intervention...

Achieving precision in Image-guided Neurosurgery via an open source collaborative software environment

2018/19-2019/20 • $434,818 • PI,CO,Other
Each year, thousands of Canadians undergo neurosurgery for resection of brain lesions such as tumours, epileptic foci and vascular malformations that are in close proximity to areas of the brain that are critical to movement, vision, sensation, or language. Accurate guidance information is...

Process Modeling of Ultrasound-guided Needle Placement Interventions

2016/17-2019/20 • $216,000 • PI
Synopsis. Canadian medical universities are in the process of transitioning to a Competency- based Medical Education (CBME) model at all levels of training. Achievement of competence requires practice, and for reasons of patient safety and learner comfort, the early stages of practice are best...

Real-time Breast Cancer Surgery Navigation

2017/18-2019/20 • $194,419 • PI,CO
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives and is the second-leading cause of female cancer related deaths. The ideal treatment is breast-conservation surgery during its early stage to remove the cancer while conserving healthy parts of the breast. When cancer cells are found on the...

Gel dosimetry for brachytherapy dose delivery validation

2017/18-2019/20 • $157,870 • PI
Modern radiation therapy has advanced through the development of techniques to better shape radiation dose to tumour volumes while minimizing adverse dose effects to surrounding normal tissue. In brachytherapy (Greek: near therapy) radiation sources are placed into the tumour under robotic...

An integrated spectroscopy-ultrasound surgical navigation system for residual cancer detection in breast surgery.

2019/20 • $63,900 • PI,CO
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives and is the second-leading cause of female cancer related deaths. The ideal treatment is breast-conservation surgery , during its early stage, to remove cancer while conserving healthy tissue.Unfortunately, the current resection methods have...

An integrated spectroscopy-ultrasound surgical navigation system for residual cancer detection in breast surgery.

2019/20 • $63,900 • PI,CO,Other
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives and is the second-leading cause of female cancer related deaths. The ideal treatment is breast-conservation surgery , during its early stage, to remove cancer while conserving healthy tissue. Unfortunately, the current resection methods have...

Real-time ultrasound simulator for kidney intervention training

2019/20 • $25,000 • PI
Canadian medical universities are transitioning to a new training paradigm called Competency-based Medical Education, requiring that trainee progress is frequently monitored and quantitatively assessed with respect to expert benchmarks, in which learning procedural skills in a simulated...

Deep Learning Approach to Localization of Skeletal Landmarks in Ultrasound for Scoliosis Measurement

2019/20 • $5,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Scoliosis, which is an excessive curvature of the spine, affects approximately 1 in 1,000 individuals in early adolescence, progressing until the spine is fully developed. Bracing is a common treatment method, which decreases the progression of curves and significantly reduces the probability of...

Real-time Breast Cancer Surgery Navigation

2017/18-2018/19 • $194,419 • PI
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives and is the second-leading cause offemale cancer related deaths. The ideal treatment is breast-conservation surgery during itsearly stage to remove the cancer while conserving healthy parts of the breast.When cancer cells are found on the edge...

Gel dosimetry for brachytherapy dose delivery validation

2017/18-2018/19 • $157,870 • PI,CO
Modern radiation therapy has advanced through the development of techniques to bettershape radiation dose to tumour volumes while minimizing adverse dose effects to surroundingnormal tissue. In brachytherapy (Greek: near therapy) radiation sources are placed into thetumour under robotic control....

A system for multi-parametric real-time analysis of tissue properties

2017/18 • $150,000 • PI,CO
Real-time imaging modalities, supported by computational analysis, have revolutionized disease diagnosis and surgery during the past decade. In particular, ultrasound imaging, a portable, non-ionizing and accessible modality has enabled real-time, visualization of soft tissue for the purposes of...

Mobile Image Overlay System (MIOS) for Musculoskeletal Needle Placement Guidance

2015/16-2017/18 • $138,013 • PI,Other
Image-guided musculoskeletal needle placement procedures, such as facet joint and nerve block injection, epidural blocks, arthrography injections, biopsies and vertebroplasty are performed by the millions in Canada and around the world. Computed tomography is widely used in musculoskeletal...

Research Platform for Medical Education Informatics

2016/17 • $149,992 • PI,CO
The equipment will support research in medical education informatics. We are witnessing revolutionary changes in medical education, where much progress has been driven by harnessing the power of modern informatics. Traditionally, medical trainees practice on real patients under the supervision...

Mobile Image Overlay System (MIOS) for Musculoskeletal Needle Placement Guidance

2015/16-2016/17 • $138,011 • PI,CO
Image-guided musculoskeletal needle placement procedures, such as facet joint and nerve block injection, epidural blocks,arthrography injections, biopsies and vertebroplasty are performed by the millions in Canada and around the world.Computed tomography is widely used in musculoskeletal...

Needle guidance in soft tissue

2011/12-2015/16 • $366,450 • PI
Image-guided placement of flexible probes and needles into a deformable target medium is ubiquitous in manufacturing, tissue engineering, cell manipulation, and perhaps with the most impact, in medicine. Needle-based biopsies, injections and implantations are performed by the millions in Canada....

Perk Tutor: Ultrasound-guided Needle Placement Training Platform

2013/14-2015/16 • $336,940 • PI,Other
Needle placement interventions have become the standard of care in many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as biopsies, aspiration or tissue ablations. Needle-based surgery has numerous advantages over open surgery but it is a delicate process where precise translation, rotation...

Spatially Navigated iKnife

2015/16 • $148,810 • PI,CO
<p>The equipment requested will support a wide range of translational science and engineering research in the theme of advanced computational surgical navigation.<br /> <br /> Computational surgical navigation systems brought major advances to many areas of surgery during the past decade....

Phase I: real-time electromagnetic navigation technology for breast cancer surgery

2015/16 • $116,800 • PI
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives and is the second-leading cause of female cancer related deaths. The ideal treatment is breast conservation surgery during its early stage to remove the cancer while conserving healthy parts of the breast. Unfortunately, with the current...

Computational Guidance for Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry

2014/15 • $149,480 • PI,CO
Rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry (REIMS) is a revolutionary technique that allows real-time characterization of human tissue and bacterial species by analysis of aerosol released during electrosurgical dissection or evaporated and ionized. This revolutionary technique still has a...

A system for real-time, portable 3D medical imaging acquisition for interdisciplinary research

2013/14 • $126,644 • PI,CO
The requested system combines two unique portable medical imaging acquisition devices: a handheld 3D scanner for real-time scanning using structured light and a portable ultrasound (U/S) machine for real-time scanning using sound waves. Both imaging devices are portable, fast, have 3D capacity,...

Ultrasound-guided facet joint injection training using Perk Tutor

2013/14 • $4,950 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Facet syndrome is a condition that may cause 15-45% of chronic lower back pain. It is commonly diagnosed and treated using facet joint injections, a procedure that involves injecting anesthetic into the facet joints (the joints linking adjacent vertebrae together). Because facet joint injections...

Kinematics-based navigation for reconstructive hip surgery

2010/11-2012/13 • $159,435 • PI,CO
No summary

intraoperative registration of ultrasound dans fluoroscopy (iRUF)

2012/13 • $114,480 • PI
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in North American men. Brachytherapy, which entails permanent implantation of radioactive sources into the prostate, is applied in about 55,000 cases annually in North America. There is mounting evidence that highly trained brachytherapy...

Real-time imaging for ultrasound-guided prostate cancer biopsy

2010/11-2011/12 • $325,000 • PI,CO
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy and the second leading cancer related cause of death in North American men. According to the Canadian Cancer Society and the U.S. National Cancer Institute, one in six men will be diagnosed with PCa each year (about 25,000 in...

Intraoperative calibration (iCAL) fro prostate brachytherapy

2010/11-2011/12 • $305,980 • PI,CO
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in North American men. Brachytherapy, applied in about 55,000 cases annually in North America, entails the permanent implantation of radioactive sources into the prostate, under real-time ultrasound image guidance. Although brachytherapy has...

Guidance system for thoracic epidural anaesthesia

2010/11-2011/12 • $95,250 • PI,CO
No summary

Decision support for augmented ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy

2010/11-2011/12 • $74,200 • PI,CO
No summary

Image-guided robotic needle-based surgery of soft tissues

2010/11 • $31,000 • PI
Image-guided probe placement robots have many uses, from manufacturing to tissue engineering. In medicine, they can assist in surgical procedures performed by flexible needles. Needle-based surgery (e.g. biopsies, injections, implantations) is prevalent in modern medicine. More often than not,...

Patents

Related applications: CA20102693740, CA20092655001

C-ARM ROTATION ENCODING METHODS AND APPARATUS

This invention provides a method for estimating C-ARM fluoroscope rotation pose, and related programmed media and kits. In one embodiment the method includes measuring an angle of the C-arm using an accelerometer affixed to the C-arm, wherein the accelerometer is not moving during the measurement. The method includes generating angle correction equations based on differences between C-arm poses and corresponding accelerometer angles, and optionally generating structural compensation...
Related applications: CA20112744123

C-ARM POSE ESTIMATION USING INTENSITY-BASED REGISTRATION OF IMAGING MODALITIES

This invention provides a method for estimating C-arm fluoroscope pose. The method involves introducing a coordinate system into a C-arm image, and applying intensity-based 2D/3D registration without segmentation to the coordinate system C-arm image and an image or known model of the coordinate system, wherein the intensity-based 2D/3D registration yields the C-arm pose. The coordinate system may be provided by introducing one or more markers or a fiducial into an image.
Related applications: CA20112743937

AUTOMATED INTRAOPERATIVE ULTRASOUND CALIBRATION

An ultrasound calibration phantom comprises a portion including at least one fiducial structure having a selected geometric arrangement; a portion adapted for mechanical coupling of the ultrasound calibration phantom to a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) stepper; and a guide for at least one surgical instrument, the guide being mechanically coupled to the fiducial structure and/or to the TRUS stepper at a selected pose relative to the fiducial structure. A calibration method uses the...
Related applications: CA20122794226

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRACKING A VOLUME IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE

Provided are apparatus and methods for tracking a volume of interest in three dimensions in real time, using fewer than 6 DOF tracking information together with an external 6 DOF coordinate system. The apparatus and methods described herein provide more accurate, smaller, and less expensive tracking systems than prior approaches based on full 6 DOF tracking comprising translation and full orientation information. Embodiments may be used in applications such as surgical navigation, gaming,...
Related applications: CA20193031832