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Parties involved

Esaote Spa, Unige DIBE, Softeco Sismat Spa, Taulogic Srl, Fos Srl, Cap Srl, ETT Srl, Medservice Srl, Dotvocal Srl, Unige DISI, Unige DIST, CNR-IMATI, CNR-IEIIT


Project Overview

This project tackles problems and proposes innovative solutions by conducting industrial research and experimental development, organized into 2 possible objectives (OR) focused, respectively: on ultrasound diagnostics (OR1) and on mini-invasive echo-guided procedures (OR2).

The anticipated result obtained from the project consists in the study and realization of experimental demonstrations

  • a compact, high performance ultrasound system (OR1)
  • a set of techniques for advanced identification, the characterization of tissues and the estimation of the temperature reached by tissues during thermal ablation, aimed at diagnosis and echo-guided procedures (OR2).


Specifically, the project is divided into two main strands, variously interconnected and corresponding to the two main research objectives:


OR1 – New generation compact ultrasound system

Study of basic technologies for the development of a compact high performance ultrasound system, reduced in size and weight, which can be assembled on a trolley and usable in the intra and extra operative field, or for minimally invasive therapeutic procedures, thanks to some functions of support and with a three-dimensional graphical real-time rendering (scope of OR2 activities)


OR2 – Support tools for diagnosis and echo-guided procedures

Acquisition of the necessary knowledge and implementation, at a demonstrative level, of certain processing and analysis tools to be used in conjunction with the ultrasound platform referred to in OR1.

Specifically, the goal is to: enhance diagnostics through the development of tools for the characterization of tissues, combining the elastography technique with the analysis of the ultrasound response generated by specific regions of interest of the tissues themselves and, at the same time, providing better reproducibility and objectivity to the elastography technique; to enhance minimally invasive surgical therapy, in particular, thermal ablation therapy, through the development and refinement of a range of instruments, based on new visualization paradigms for the intra-operative target and concerning both three-dimensional navigation and monitoring the effects of the treatment (volumetric-temporal visualization, estimation of the temperature and its variation in time and space, etc.).


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