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Training system for US-guided lung interventions

Key Investigators

Project Description

The aim of the project is to develop a training system that provides a quantitative report regarding the use of a low-cost lung phantom [1] in ultrasound-guided interventions, particularly for core needle biopsy (CNB).

A phantom with several embedded solid inclusions was fabricated. These inclusions are colour coded thus, a qualitative report can be used to indicate the success of a CNB procedure. However, a quantitative analysis is required. For this reason, the development of a training system is planned.

Objective

  1. Objective A. Fabrication of dedicated phantom
  2. Objective B. Setting up the system’s tools
  3. Objective C. Application development

Approach and Plan

  1. Phantom model –> Accurately replicated thoracic tissues (lung, ribs, and solid masses) providing a useful tool for training ultrasound-guided procedures
  2. Tools connections via Optitrack and Plus Toolkit (Telemed and Clarius US System, needle for biopsy)
  3. Application development

Progress and Next Steps

  1. Fabrication of dedicated phantom –> In progress to establish the virtual model
  2. Design of tracking fixtures for equipment –> In progress
  3. Optitrack + US System setup –> Connection to SLICER

Illustrations

Background and References

[1] Arteaga-Marrero, N.; Villa, E.; Llanos González, A.B.; Gómez Gil, M.E.; Fernández, O.A.; Ruiz-Alzola, J.; González-Fernández, J. Low-Cost Pseudo-Anthropomorphic PVA-C and Cellulose Lung Phantom for Ultrasound-Guided Interventions. Gels 2023, 9, 74. https://doi.org/10.3390/gels9020074