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Dr Adrien Desjardins is a Lecturer in the Department of Medical Physics at UCL. He is a biophysicist and bioengineer with expertise in medical imaging and minimally invasive devices. He recently received a European Research Council Starting Grant and an EPSRC First Grant to develop a new platform for acquiring photoacoustic images during ultrasound-guided minimally invasive procedures.
Adrien will discuss recent advances in sensing techniques that have the potential to transform medical devices and image-guided interventions. Traditionally, medical devices such as needles and catheters have been passive conduits for accessing tissue targets. There is currently significant interest in the integration of miniature components that provide real-time information about the micro-structure and molecular composition of biological tissue. These new active medical devices provide information about patients that is critical to improve procedural outcomes, and they interact with image guidance modalities to increase procedural efficiencies. This talk will present a selection of developments underway at UCL, with a particular focus on techniques involving optical sensing and generation of ultrasound, photoacoustic imaging, medical device tracking, and optical spectroscopy.
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