SAE-19 PhD in Micro-cameras for Surgical Guidance
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
Summary of project
Micro-camera technologies in robotic and laparoscopic surgical intervention can provide optical signature of interest to the surgeon, improving the guidance, potentially increasing the clinical success and training of new instrument specialist users. The applications of image sensors will also permit more sophisticated visualisation, through narrow band, multispectral or fluorescence capabilities with or without 3D visualisation.
The Project focuses towards exploring the immediate clinical applications for the developed image sensor in endoscopy and when employing catheters. In particular, we aim to explore the techniques in connection to cardiology interventions, laryngoscopy and ductoscopy in connection to breast tumour resections. It will examine the need to add the fluorescence functionality for improved sensitivity/specificity in the tissue identification. The most important guidance can be to avoid cutting nerves or small blood vessels. Visualisation of such sub surface tissue structures will be explored through micro-camera technologies integrated in the scopes/arms. It will further investigate the optimal operation scheme for providing the best information possible for guiding the surgeon. Both ex vivo and in vivo measurements are planned.
The work will be carried out at Biophotonics@Tyndall group, the student will work in close collaboration with cohort of PhD students (11), post docs (5), PIs (9) in biomedical theme. Biophotonics@Tyndall is a newly established collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Group’s focus will be to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centres and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics as a driver for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases.
An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for the successful candidate for this position. Yearly University Academic Fees will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute.
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