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Multispectral camera endoscopic probe, electromagnetically guided by augmented reality navigation, for lung cancer screening


Objective of the project

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, accounting for 28% of all cancer deaths. As part of its screening, patients perform a chest CT scan, and a bronchoscopy can then be performed to biopsy the identified nodules. The bronchi resemble a labyrinth whose paths become smaller and smaller, it is difficult to meet the technical challenges of these operations.

The conventional endoscopic approach combines the use of a bronchoscope, X-ray imaging, and the use of biopsy forceps, but this allows a diagnosis in only 14% of cases for small peripheral lesions (< 2 cm). This is because the procedure is essentially done blind, making it difficult to navigate to the nodules and confirm their presence at the end of the probe, once in place.

In this context, the Naviscope project proposes to develop and assemble different technologies to meet these challenges, in order to significantly increase the efficiency of these lung cancer screening procedures, even in the case of deep nodules. Integrating a miniature multispectral camera in its probe and using augmented reality imaging techniques, This project aims to provide physicians with an ergonomic navigation and lesion confirmation system to significantly increase the performance of biopsy procedures.

The Naviscope project was certified by the Walloon Government at the end of the Pole Mecatech Call for Projects N°37.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie

Contribution of Multitel

In this project, Multitel will be able to contribute its expertise in applied photonics, particularly in the development of light sources and optical transmission. In addition, we will work to improve navigation through our image processing and artificial intelligence skills.




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