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Image guided intervention for Oncology

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Are you interested in the best way for diagnosing and treating cancer with current and future imaging and robotic technologies? And do you want to discover state of the art techniques in oncology together with highlights in the field? Then join this session during The TechMed Event and get inspired and find your match.

The programme

14.00 - 14.10

Welcome & Introduction

14.10 - 14.25

Enabling real-time MRI guided interventions
Sven Gerritsen MSc - Machnet Medical Robotics

14.25 - 14.40

Pre-clinical validation of biopsy robots
Prof. Bogdan Maris - University of Verona

14.40 - 14.55

Fast MRI in prostate cancer imaging
Dr. Derya Yakar - UMC Goningen

14.55 - 15.10

3D printing and planning in oncology: A research overview of the NKI-AvL and UT collaboration
Robert van Veen PhD -  Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

15.10 - 15.25

No more toys for the boys
Prof.dr. Maroeska Rovers - Radboudumc

15.25 - 15.40 

Roadmap and deployment of robotics in oncology
Dr. Françoise Siepel - University of Twente

15.40 - 15.55

AI developments in cancer imaging Bob Hamans - Siemens Healthineers

15.55 - 16.00

Final conclusions

The speakers

  • Prof. Bogdan Maris

    Prof. Bogdan Maris

    • Assistant Professor
    • University of Verona, Italy

    Pre-clinical validation of biopsy robots
    Robotics is a rapidly advancing field and its introduction in healthcare can have a multitude of benefits for clinical practice. Percutaneous interventions are relatively simple and the quality of the procedure increases a lot by introducing robotics due to the improved accuracy and precision.

    In this talk, I will introduce the research we carried out on two robotic systems for biopsies: MURAB for breast biopsy and PROST for prostate biopsy. I will underline the common aspects, then the obvious differences due to different intervention sites, therefore the solutions adopted in each of the two cases.

    Another paramount aspect of this research is the translation to clinical practice, which sometimes is more difficult than the mechanical and software parts so I will end the presentation showing how close are these systems to the clinical validation and clinical implementation.

    Bogdan Maris is with the Altair Robtics Laboratory at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona in Italy.

    His current research interests include medical robotics, image- and robot-guided surgery, medical image registration, deep learning for medical image segmentation and diagnosis, minimally invasive procedures, biopsy robots.

  • Sven Gerritsen MSc

    Sven Gerritsen MSc

    • Business Developer and Operations Manager
    • Machnet Medical Robotics

    Enabling real-time MRI guided interventions
    Breast cancer is one of the most present forms of cancer for womens worldwide. As is now, the current procedures and techniques to perform a needle biopsy are conducted by humans. As widely known, humans have human error. We, Machnet Medical Robotics together with the University of Twente join forces to bring the first semi real time MRI guided biopsy robot to the market. Robotizing human actions not only eliminates human error, but a single intervention procedure is created and therefore resulting in higher patient comfort and financial benefit.

    With our robot, this complex procedure becomes an MRI guided intervention, merging the best possible imaging technique with first time right accuracy. Our vision is to develop a platform supporting many other semi real time MRI guided interventions.

    We, at Machnet Medical Robotics are convinced about the application of our robotic platform as the new standard of care in biopsy and minimal invasive treatment systems

    I’m a young professional with a passion for entrepreneurship and technology. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and a master’s degree in Business Studies. In between, I participated in an exchange program for one semester in which I completed my minor in business administration at the Konkuk University in South-Korea. My experience as an entrepreneur started when I was in high school, back then I co-founded a webshop to sell parts for geared mopeds. Although it started as a fun concept to fund my own projects, it quickly became the biggest webshop of The Netherlands.

    This field of experience together with my background of different studies results in a very passionated person to work as a business developer and operations manager for Machnet Medical Robotics.

  • Dr. Françoise Siepel

    Dr. Françoise Siepel

    • Assistant Professor
    • University of Twente

    Roadmap and deployment of robotics in oncology
    Providing useful, affordable and advanced robotic solutions in oncology is important for diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The presentation will highlight future perspectives and building the trajectory based on a patient specific approach. Activities based on the future needs will be addressed to build a common framework of technologies and applications for healthcare robotics within Europe.

    Françoise Siepel is (Ass) Professor / Technical Physician in the field of Robotics in healthcare. It is her passion to innovate the field of medicine in a way that (surgical) procedures become minimally invasive and she is aims at integrating sophisticated robotic and imaging technologies enabling complex navigation through the human body. On a higher level she is keen on boosting robotics in healthcare innovation across Europe to establish sustainable, scalable and high-quality robotic solutions.

    She obtained her PhD in 3 years, received approx. 1 million euros of personal awards, and has currently 50 publications including international experience from the University of Bergen and Kings College. Since 2016, Françoise works at the Robotics and Mechatronics group, where she developed new strategies to localize and target cancer using robot assistance. She is leading DIH-HERO, an initiative to boost robotics innovation across Europe, and the roadmap activities within EUrobotics.

  • Robert van Veen Ph.D.

    Robert van Veen Ph.D.

    • Researcher
    • Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

    3D printing and planning in oncology: A research overview of the NKI-AvL and UT collaboration
    The Verwelius 3D Lab was co-founded by Maarten van Alphen (technical medicine) and Robert van Veen (applied physics) in 2017 and is a research and implementation group within the Head and Neck surgery and oncology department of the NKI-AvL. The primary goal was to investigate and implement 3D technology in Head and Neck Surgery for improved aesthetical and functional outcome, and to improve to patients’ quality of life. In addition, 3D technology can also be employed for intra-operative surgical guidance in order to ensure clear margins.

    Anaplastology was one of the first focus areas. 3D imaging and computer-aided designing (CAD) of the prosthesis is currently successfully being implemented in the workflow.

    In this presentation an overview will be given on the application of 3D surgical planning and 3D printing in oncology at the NKI-AvL. A vast majority of the research and implementation is carried out by trainees, graduation and PhD Technical Medicine students.

    Robert van Veen (07-04-1971) received his engineers’ diploma in the field of Applied Physics (Photonics) at the The Hague University in 1998 followed by his Bachelor in Science degree (Physics) at the Free University in Amsterdam. Parallel to his study he started working at the Center of Optical Diagnostics and Therapy at the ErasmusMC in Rotterdam. In 2006 he received his Ph.D. The thesis was entitled “In vivo Optical measurements for Diagnostics and Monitoring of treatment”. In 2006 he was granted an NWO-STW project and became a VENI laureate. After completion he worked at the UMC Utrecht for a year on the topic Real-time Hybrid imaging in Nuclear Medicine. In 2015 he continued his Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Dosimetry studies at the Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital. In 2017 he co-founded the Verwelius 3D Lab. The lab focusses on 3D based technologies in oncology.

General information
  • When: 3 November 
  • Time: 14.00 - 16.00
  • How: Live & Digital
  • For whom: Medical & Industry & Researchers
  • Host: Prof.dr. Jurgen Fütterer & Dr. Françoise Siepel