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Intraoperative optical navigation tool for deep brain stimulation surgeries

Reference number
Coordinator Linköpings universitet - Institutionen för medicinsk teknik (IMT)
Funding from Vinnova SEK 957 300
Project duration June 2017 - June 2018
Status Completed
Venture Swelife and Medtech4Health- Project proposals to improve health
Call SWElife and Medtech4Health- Project proposals to improve health 2017

Purpose and goal

The project aims at advancing into a commercial use of the laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) intracerebral use in applications such as stereotactic neurosurgical placement of deep brain stimulation electrodes or similar. Creating more clinical data and building probes in a structured manner as well as new types like a combination probe, as well as exploring the regulatory hurdles.

Expected results and effects

All milestones have been met. Findings of the project suggest that there is a need for LDF technology in certain stereotactic (neurosurgical) interventions to avoid disabling or lethal bleedings, especially during biopsies. The combination probe is feasible to build, regulatory requirements and a strategy to meet those have been identified.

Planned approach and implementation

The project had several parallel activities. The competences found in the team proved to be positively complementary and useful. As the team was operating remotely, regular telephone or Skype meetings were very important. Market analysis was done by questionnaire and personal visits to several neurosurgical clinics.

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Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2017-01402

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