Smart CATheterization

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Project Lifetime
Mar 2010 to Mar 2013

Funding Institutions: 

ICT-2009.5.2 ICT for Patient Safety - STREP

Research Program: 
Seventh Framework programme
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The primary objective of SCATh is to enhance the safety, repeatability and precision of catheter-based interventional treatments. This will be achieved by bringing recent innovations in sensing and scanning technologies together with novel methods for data fusion, visualization, surgical navigation and real-time modelling into a complete catheter system targeting four specific cardiovascular interventions.

The aim of SCATh is the creation of an ICT platform that closes the existing gap between the reality of the catheter inside the cardiovascular system and the manner in which this reality is presented and made accessible to the interventionalist.

What we do: 

The Surgical Robotics group objective, within the SCATh project, is to reduce and eventually omit the need for classical (harmful or bulky) imaging technology during catheterization procedures by developing a novel imaging system which enables direct visualization of the blood vessels possible also through the blood. This is feasible by developing an innovative imaging and illumination device.  



Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Universitad Politecnica de Madrid - Oslo Universitetssykehus HF -Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften - Imperial College London - Institute of Biomechanics Center of Biomedical   Engineering - Endosense SA - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna,The BioRobotics Institute




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