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New biopsy robot ‘combines benefits of MRI and ultrasound’

25th January 2016

European researchers are working together to develop a new robotic biopsy device that combines the best elements of ultrasound and magnetic resonance imagery (MRI).

The MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy (MURAB) project – which involves organisations such as the University of Twente, Radboud University Medical Center and the ZGT hospital group – recently commenced with the aid of European Commission funding.

Current screening techniques for diseases such as breast cancer are limited by the difficulty involved in identifying precisely where the biopsy should be carried out, meaning the cancer is missed in many cases.

A biopsy in the MRI scanner would mean no radiation is generated and no side effects occur, while making it easy to identify where the biopsy should be targeted. However, this approach is expensive, time-consuming and inaccessible in many areas.

The new robotic technology allows patients to spend around 15 to 20 minutes in the scanner, producing an offline image that can be combined during the biopsy with online images from the ultrasound sensor, making it easy to find suspicious tissue.

University of Twente researcher Foad Sojoodi Farimani said: "The robotics in this project might actually be the simplest issue. Actually getting medical technology to market is often easier said than done."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801810844-ADNFCR

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