Radboud university medical center and Quirem Medical signed an agreement for joint research. The agreement includes several existing and future projects based on small radioactive spheres (holmium-166 microspheres). Enhanced cooperation should improve the treatment of cancer patients and stimulate research into new applications.
“Radboud university medical center strives for continuous improvement of patient care,” says Professor Jurgen Fütterer, intervention radiologist at Radboud university medical center. “Because we are involved in the development of new treatment techniques, we can tailor these techniques as closely as possible to the needs of the patient. The expansion of our cooperation with Quirem Medical fits in perfectly with that aim.”
Last week, the MAGIC group met with Alan Goh and Hu Xiaoxiang from NDR Medical Technology. This Singapore-based startup has developed a robotic system with artificial intelligence and image processing for automated needle targeting (ANT). The device intends to aid surgeons and interventional radiologists by providing a precise needle trajectory with integration of medical images, allowing for increased accuracy of needle placement in an intended target and a shorter procedure time. This technology can be of use in a wide range of interventions, for example in targeted liver biopsy, ablation of liver tumors but also in percutaneous nephrolithotomy or placement of nephrostomy catheter. We successfully performed a preliminary experiment in the CT environment using a phantom of an abdomen with several targets. Based on this first experience, further improvements can be made in the appliance of ANT with CT-guidance. We hope to collaborate again with NDR medical technology in the near future.