LCSR Seminar: Andinet Enquobahrie “Accelerating Medical Image Guided Intervention Research using Open Source Platforms”

November 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Ashley Moriarty

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Image-guided intervention techniques are replacing traditional intervention, surgery, and invasive procedures with minimally invasive techniques that incorporate medical imaging to guide the intervention. Patients prefer these procedures to open surgeries and interventions because they are typically less traumatic to the body and result in faster recovery times. Despite its many merits, image guided intervention procedures are challenging due to restricted views and depth perception, limited mobility and maneuvering of surgical instruments, and poor tactile feedback in some instances, which make it difficult to palpate organs. Virtual simulators and planning systems are powerful tools that allow clinicians to practice and rehearse their surgical and procedural skills in a risk-free environment. Software is an integral part of these virtual simulators and planners. Whether it is for interfacing with a tracking device to collect position information from surgical instruments, integrating intra-operative and pre-operative images, controlling and guiding robots or generating a 3D visualization to provide visual feedback to the clinician, software has a critical role. Open source software is playing a major role in increasing the pace of research and discovery in image-guided intervention systems by promoting collaborations between clinicians, biomedical engineers, and software developers across the globe. Kitware, Inc., a leader in the creation and support of open-source scientific computing software is at the forefront of this type of effort. In this talk, I will provide an overview of image guided intervention system and discuss two NIH funded image guided intervention training projects currently led by Kitware: 1) A simulator that trains clinicians to improve procedural skill competence in real-time, ultrasound-guided renal biopsy and 2) An interactive, patient-specific virtual surgical planning system for upper airway obstruction treatments.



Dr. Enquobahrie received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. He has an MBA from Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University with an emphasis in innovation management, product innovation, and technology evaluation and commercialization. Dr. Enquobahrie has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications in machine learning, image analysis, visualization, and image-guided intervention. He has served as a technical reviewer for several medical image analysis and image-guided intervention journals including Medical Imaging Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Academic Radiology, Journal of Digital Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Laboratory for Computational Sensing + Robotics