Spanish technology for greater biopsy accuracy
A team from Araba University Hospital in Vitoria-Gasteiz has developed an innovative system using augmented reality for greater biopsy accuracy and safety. Similar to virtual reality, augmented reality superimposes computer-generated images on views of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
The device, known as ‘Image-Guided Surgery Assistant’, comprises a headset guiding the surgeon during the procedure, indicating where to punch, as well as the depth and angle.
Now in its pre-marketing phase, the system generates computer images of the needle, thus enabling highly accurate tissue removal. The procedure can be applied to tumours that are too small for the methods currently available.
In addition, the system feeds information on the patient, such as their vital signs or breathing cycle.
The Araba University Hospital project received an award at IDEA2 Global Awardees, an initiative that is part of an international mentorship programme, IDEA2 Global, organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the cooperation of FIPSE, the Spanish Foundation for Innovation and Progress in Health.
The team was awarded the Medical Innovator Award in recognition of their spirit of innovation and multi-sector collaboration in the medical and clinical technology sector.
Another Spanish project, Dura Lock, at the Doctor Peset University Hospital in Valencia, was given the PDS Pathfinder Award, recognising ‘a team that has demonstrated a pioneering spirit and has provided a compelling impact proposition for the potential of their project to create a breakthrough solution to enhance healthcare outcomes’. They are working on the development of a new device to avoid unintended dura mater (outermost meninx)perforations, saving patient suffering and costs.
IDEA2 Global Awardees is part of MIT-LinQ, a new collaborative initiative focused on increasing the potential of innovative research to benefit society and the economy. Participating teams included six from Spain and another six from USA.