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20.06.2018: The Interventional Centre has 7 Service Sections

[Section for Clinical Research][Section for Radiology Research][Section for Anesthesiology Research][Section for Medical Cybernetics and Image Processing][Section for Information and Communication Technology][Section for Method Development and Industry Collaboration][Section for Patient Treatment]


Section for Clinical Research

Section Manager Bjørn Edwin, Professor, MD

Staff:

  • Linda Engvik, Nurse Manager
  • Bjørg Scheele, OR nurse
  • Anne Hege Andreassen, OR nurse
  • Jennifer Teruel Tamson, OR nurse
  • Victoria Juhasz, Laboratory assistant

Deliveries

  • Research and development in minimally invasive surgery in the premises of The Intervention Centre
  • Development and education in new techniques at Oslo University Hospital and other hospitals in Norway
  • Clinical R&D in all medical domains
  • Perform minimally invasive treatment of patient groups where the volume of patients within these disease groups is too low to develop secure new treatment strategies on many sites
  • Perform minimally invasive treatment of patient groups requiring established multiprofessional collaboration and infrastructure currently uniquely found at The Intervention Centre. Examples are; laparoscopic pancreas and liver surgery, laparoscopic endocrine surgery, laparoscopic endometriosis surgery, laparoscopic back surgery.

Main Objectives

  • The section’s activities are focused on minimally invasive treatment in all surgical specialties.
  • The section shall be leading both nationally and internationally within its focus area within research and development.
  • The section shall assist and initiate research minimally invasive therapy projects.
  • The section promotes education locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • The section stimulates multiprofessional collaboration because
  • Minimally invasive therapy is performed in many professional settings by various specialists and thereby a common field of interest across specialties
  • Minimally invasive therapy depends on development within technology and radiology

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Section for Radiology Research

Section Manager: Per Kristian Hol, Professor, MD, PhD

Staff:

  • Hilde Sofie Korslund, radiographer
  • Grethe Løvland, radiographer
  • Martine Minge, radiographer
  • Kenneth O. Pedersen, radiographer
  • Jorunn Fraser-Green, radiographer

Deliveries:

  • Radiological support and service to all experimental and clinical projects at The Intervention Centre
  • Radiological examinations of animals and patients treated at The Intervention Centre
  • Training and supervision of healthcare personnel in new image-guided treatment techniques
  • Research group in the field of MR guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment
  • Main Objectives:
  • Have a high qualified staff
  • To be nationally and internationally leading environment for image guided treatment
  • Strengthen interdisciplinary research and increase number of regional, nationally and internationally joint projects
  • Contribute to innovation and secure intellectual property

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Section for Anesthesiology Research

Section Manager: Per Steinar Halvorsen, MD, PhD

Staff:

  • Per Steinar Halvorsen, anesthetist
  • Viesturs Kerans, anesthetist
  • Kjersti Wendt, nurse anesthetist
  • Anton Amalathasan Josephmary, nurse anesthetist
  • Guttorm Larsen, nurse anesthetist
  • Torill Schou, nurse anesthetist

Deliveries:

  • Anesthesia service to all clinical and experimental projects at the Intervention Centre
  • Training/supervision of healthcare personnel in new cardiovascular monitoring techniques
  • Innovation/DOFI/patents
  • Research group in the field of cardiovascular monitoring
  • Main Objectives:
  • Contribute to improved quality of experimental and clinical research.
  • Have a high qualified staff.
  • Interdisciplinary research and increase the number of joint projects.
  • Contribute to increased innovation and secure intellectual property.

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Section for Medical Cybernetics and Image Processing

Section manager: Ole Jakob Elle, Professor, PhD

Staff:

  • Espen Remme, Senior Researcher in 30%, PhD
  • Rafael Palomar, PhD fellow (HiG/OUS, MSc)
  • Rahul Kumar, Postdoc, PhD
  • Magnus Leon Reinsfelt Krogh, PhD fellow
  • Robin Bugge, Image processing in 20%, MSc.
  • Pravda Jit Ray, PhD-fellow
  • Andrea Teatini, PhD-fellow
  • Deliveries

The Section for Section for Medical Cybernetics and Image Processing at The Intervention Centre aims to develop cutting-edge technological solutions supporting the whole chain in patient diagnostic and treatment. such as user interaction and information exchange in the operating suites, procedure planning, patient monitoring, and technology for minimally invasive therapies including intra-operative model update. This R&D covers a span of different technologies like monitoring technology, image and video processing, visualization, navigation technologies, biomechanical organ modelling and robotics. The solutions should give more information to the surgeon, such as sensor information and image information, during intervention and presenting this information by real-time visualization. With the ability to adapt and compensate to the deformations and motions, this information can be used to effectively guide the clinician throughout the procedure or update a robotic path to perform the desired action. This means that when you develop algorithms for diagnostics and preoperative use, less effort is put into making the algorithm fast and effective. Intra-operative use means that the algorithms used should be able to run in real-time or close to real-time. Image and video processing methods are key elements in any software system which supports minimally invasive procedures. In particular, we are focused on developing real-time image-segmentation and - registration methods where segmentation methods finds important anatomical structures such as tumors and vessel structures in images, while registration methods enables fusion of images and images to patient. Visualization and navigation is required to present the medical images to the surgeon intra-operatively. Increased accuracy and safety may result by cross-linking medical image information with robotic systems in so-called semi-autonomous robotic systems. Biomedical models and simulation technology are developed, intended for clinical decision support such as if, when and type of surgery should be performed.

In order to be able to lead large research projects in the forefront internationally, the section should at all time have the needed competence and in-depth knowledge within medical informatics, such as software engineering, computer graphics and visualization, signal processing, image and video processing, robotics, cybernetics and mechanics. The head of section as well as the research group leaders should have high scientific qualifications, if possible at a professor or associate professor level and work in the intersection between technology and medicine. The section should work closely with different clinicians within the hospital as well as collaborating with well-known research institutions and industry both nationally and internationally. It is a goal that senior researchers have adjunct positions at UIO or NTNU.

Main Objectives

It aims to be a nationally and internationally leading research environment in technological solutions for in the following research areas:

Main research areas:

  • Developing new building block for navigation technology in different surgical disciplines like laparoscopic liver resection, neurosurgery and catheter-based interventions. Such building blocks rely on new preoperative and intra-operative image analysis/processing algorithms, where the intra-operative methods need to consider real-time or near to real-time constraints such as segmentation, volume visualization and co-registration.
  • Robotic technology ranging from haptic feedback and augmented reality in tele-surgical systems, semi-autonomous systems for support in the operating theatre and miniaturized robotic systems on the tip of a catheter or in a pill-cam system.
  • Explore more research in areas like targeted treatment, new imaging techniques and micro technology.
  • Biomedical modelling of organs like heart, liver etc. , using advanced mathematical models like finite element (FEM) describing tissue properties, flow pattern for prediction and simulation.
  • Development of new monitoring technology e.g. accelerometer and gyro sensors including advanced signal processing for detection of changes in heart conditions.
  • The section for Medical Technology Research aims for supporting the clinicians in the OR with new technological methods and new technology

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Section for Information and Communication Technology

Section Manager: Ilangko Balasingham, Professor

Staff:

  • Sr. Researcher Jacob Bergsland, MD, PhD
  • Associate Professor Ali Khaleghi, PhD
  • Associate Professor Laura Slaughter, PhD
  • Project Leader Knut Korsell

Deliveries

  • Research and publications
  • Innovation in medical signal processing and communications technology
  • Development of technological solutions, prototypes and demonstrators
  • Intellectual property and management methods
  • Multidisciplinary expertise in medical signal processing including machine learning and sensor communication technology
  • Supervising students and fellows
  • Teaching

Main Objectives

  • to be at the forefront nationally and internationally in research and development of medical signal  processing and communications technologies, and to advise on operational and acquisition projects   at the center
  • to lead advanced research projects that are in the forefront of international research to develop   technological solutions for patient monitoring and new treatments, including minimally invasive and image-guided therapy
  • to encourage their staff to have academic adjunct positions outside hospital and  have su?cient sta?ng and expertise to assist various projects initiated by other communities and contribute to a    seamless collaboration  between technologists and clinicians
  • to provide any necessary technical manpower and expertise to participate in the multidisciplinary projects at the Intervention Centre and support patient diagnosis and treatment with the following target areas during the period:
  • develop new medical sensors based on bio-nano technologies (biological nano electronics)
  • develop communications and computing systems  based on biological organisms, such as molecules, cells and organs that can communicate with the Internet and cloud services for storing and processing large amounts of data
  • develop new algorithms and machine learning methods for processing and understanding of complex, large amounts of data from sensors, germplasm, medical records, test results, images, etc. in conjunction with high precision diagnosis,  treatment and follow-up
  • perform research and development of basic research in the form of new theories, mathematical modeling, computer-aided simulations and prototype development to preclinical testing and validation - “from bench to bedside"

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Section for Method Development and Industry Collaboration

Section Manager: Karl Øyri, PhD

Staff:

  • Karl Arne Johannessen, MD, PhD, Senior Consultant

Deliveries

  • Coordination of the commercial Test-Bed function at The Intervention Centre
  • Collaboration with Inven2 and negotiate with companies who intends to explore new technologies and collaborate with industrial partners about development protocols
  • Involves relevant clinical groups at Oslo University Hospital in projects
  • Make sure that all test projects are made in compliance with guidelines at Oslo University Hospital and the health authorities regarding animal and human research
  • Project management support and health economy evaluation support to clinical groups who establish new technology dependent treatment methods
  • Update of the project database at The Intervention Centre
  • Edit the Annual Report at The Intervention Centre
  • Responsible for the communication strategy at The Intervention Centre
  • Responsible for the Quality System at The Intervention Centre

Main Objectives

  • Is a gateway to the hospital for companies who need testing of new technologies.  At least five new collaboration agreements are made with industrial companies annually
  • Assists project leaders with organization, contracts and required documentation
  • The Annual Report is published in the spring semester
  • Regular updates of the webpage
  • Responsible for Quality System maintenance including editorial responsibility
  • Monthly updates of project database
  • Responsible for health economy competence at The Intervention Centre

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Section for Patient Treatment

Section Leader: Erik Fosse, professor, MD

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