Microsystems for VAscular diagnosticS and inTervention
Fondazione Cassa di Risparimio di Pisa
The MicroVAST project aims at developing innovative strategies for diagnosis and therapy in the vascular system, which represents one of the most challenging scenarios for medical robotics. The platform encompasses strategies from the macro- to the micro-scale, by conjugating micro-tools (e.g. magnetic capsule, functionalized micro-particles) with external actuation, mainly magnetic and acoustic energy. Different modules will focus on pre- intra and post-operative innovative strategies, together with the enforcement of existing technologies.
In this framework, the Surgical Robotics group is involved in the development of a softly-tethered magnetic robot to be driven with an externally generated magnetic field; ultrasound imaging will provide real-time feedback on position and orientation. A focused ultrasound thrombolysis strategy will be integrated within the system, together with the adjunction of micro-bubbles to enhance cavitational effects. A magnetic system for debris collection is under investigation to avoid embolization. Finally, the unique feature of the project is that all the partners are in the district of Pisa, thus facilitating communication between the members, in accordance with the intrinsic multidisciplinary aspects of the project, and aiming at developing an excellence in cardiovascular medicine in the territory.
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, The BioRobotics Institute (coordinator), National Research Council, Institute of Clinical Physiology University of Pisa, Department of Oncology, Transplantation and New Technologies in Medicine University of Pisa, Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Microtech srl
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