Group picture at Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre.
The ESF EMRC Exploratory Workshop on Image-guided Laparoscopic Therapies has been organized by the Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (JUMISC) in collaboration with the Bioengineering and Telemedicine Centre from the Technical University of Madrid (GBT-UPM) and has been funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF). The workshop took place at JUMISC’s facilities in Cáceres (Spain) from 15th to 17th June 2011. We would like to thank all participants for their motivation and the nice and enjoyable atmosphere during the exploratory workshop.
Technological advances lead to new surgical concepts and techniques. Image-guided therapy systems are addressing a crucial need to reduce medical costs, improve clinical outcome and patient safety. The ESF EMRC Exploratory Workshop on Image-guided Laparoscopic Therapies was aimed at uniting the separate disciplines present within Europe that are required for developing image-guided procedures for minimally invasive surgery. These research fields include soft-tissue surgical procedures, cognitive ergonomics, endoscopic video analysis, intraoperative imaging acquisition, image registration, real-time tracking and deformation of the virtual models of organs. Participants will include basic scientists, clinicians and biomedical engineering experts and is under invitation.
The main objective of this workshop has been to bring together European groups which are involved in the development of innovative therapeutic approaches and interventions. In this ambitious development, different roles are involved: surgeons, experts in surgical training, computer scientists, mechanical engineers, electronic engineers, ergonomists and biomedical engineers among others.This workshop on Image-guided laparoscopic therapy (IGT) brought together 25 European leaders in the field of IGT who were invited on the basis of their scientific excellence, potential contribution and reflecting a European dimension.
The motivation is the efficient introduction and use in the Operating Room (OR) of the rich anatomical information available in medical imaging studies of the patient. The workshop aims to establish long term solid collaborations and propose solutions to extend the range of applications for computer-assistance from diagnosis and planning to the actual therapy support, enabling a new navigation paradigm in the challenging field of image-guided laparoscopic therapies.
The key innovation is to provide accurate surgical navigation through real-time tracking of the surgical scene and deformation of the virtual models of organs. This will provide information to the surgeon on the positioning of the tools and critical hidden structures in the constantly changing patient’s anatomy during the surgical procedure.
This exploratory workshop addressed the challenge for European healthcare systems of a sustainable delivery of quality healthcare at affordable cost. Patient safety will be enhanced thanks to a better control of the surgical procedure and higher accuracy of the manoeuvres. Furthermore, it has faced how to answer the demand from European citizens of best-quality care and use of latest technological advances for the treatment of major diseases.