Tuesday, February 7, 2023

IBV advances in medical diagnosis and surgical planning

Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) Progress has been achieved in the development of new methods based on the advanced treatment of medical imaging. Its purpose is to make corrections within the framework of diagnosis and surgical planning. DIS2MED project, funded by IVACE and co-financed by the European Union.

IBV has developed virtual and physical anatomical models of human structures based on new algorithms for advanced segmentation of medical images. This has combined them with other innovative methods such as artificial intelligence and biomarker analysis. It aims to improve and facilitate the diagnosis of malformations as well as the planning of complex surgeries.

In this way, the knowledge generated has been applied in the field of cardiac surgery, especially in the intervention and dissection of the heart and aorta, as well as brain aneurysm surgery.

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Specifically, the institute has worked on three lines of research, as explained Carlos Atienza, Director of the Health Sector at IBV.

“is one of them automatic segmentation of medical images through training a neural network for the recognition of anatomical structures and parameters of interest in medical images of real patients”.

one of them is Generation of specific 3D models of each patient Using 4D medical images that incorporate the temporal evolution of the assessed area of ​​the human body.

The third line of work involved in the DIS2MED project in 2022 is Research in the field of human factors. In this sense, according to Carlos Atienza, “agile methodologies have been developed, through digital simulation, to contribute to the improvement of hospital products and environments.

In particular, advances have been made in the programming of mannequin body models to achieve simulation with a high degree of realism. For this, the Blender graphical environment and the IBV anthropometric database have been used.

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In addition, the developments made in the field of virtual simulation have been used in cooperation with the company CFZ Cobots Evaluating your portable skin tumor diagnostic scanner. Among other things, aspects such as the ergonomics of the workplace of the doctor using the equipment have been studied.

Finally, the DIS2MED project (IMDEEA/2022/35) is financed by the 2022 aid program of the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE). This aid is aimed at technology centers in the Valencian Community for the development of R&D projects of a non-economic nature, carried out in collaboration with companies co-financed by the European Union.

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