Development of an image-guided navigation platform for an automated and MRI-compatible robotic needle guiding device for percutaneous procedures

Prostate cancer is the second most cancer related death in men, accounting for over 111 M$ yearly in Canada. Current prostate biopsy or therapy procedures such as transperineal brachytherapy use transrectal ultrasound guidance and  a  template to guide needles along parallel trajectories. However, pubic arch interference (PAI) with the implant path obstructs part of the prostate from being targeted by the  brachytherapy needles. Image--?guided robotized surgical  interventions, and in particular MRI--?guided, can solve these problems by combining high precision robotics with high-  resolution and accurate imaging, leading to targeted biopsies and focal therapies that will enable simpler treatments  with lower side effects. This project will propose a novel and FDA approved navigation platform for the robotic needle steering device developed by Polymer Robotics. The navigation platform will include a comprehensive, reliable and time-efficient pre-procedural planning which can be easily integrated in the intra-procedural workflow, using an automated multimodal registration procedure. This will provide radiologists with a direct impression of the 3D anatomy to reach targets with high precision, ultimately yielding increased cancer detection rates.

Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Samuel Kadoury