RoPCA

Robotic Platform for Clinical Automation

In a joint effort between medical specialists, software and robotic engineers to create a platform for the automated ultrasound scanning of patients.

Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting around 1% of the population. The cardinal symptom of the disease is affection by swelling and pain from especially the joints of the hands and feet. Fast disease control and monitoring is essential as active disease can cause damage, disability and decreased quality of life for the patient.
This platform will ensure systematic and uniform method to perform ultrasound scans, thereby ensuring physicians the best possible starting point for the determination of treatment. Ultrasound scans are highly operator dependent such a systematic method of scanning is not currently possible.
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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where thromboses (blood clots) form in the legs or pelvis. The incidence of DVT is 1 – 2 per 1000 citizens per year, increasing with age.
We are developing a robot platform for automating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) diagnosis. Using a robotic platform we hope to achieve a higher scan consistency and increase the hospitals capacity for performing the scans.
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Projects:

This paper investigates the possibility of using feature extraction with a convolutional neural network for classification of power Doppler ultrasound images of RA.
An accuracy of 75.0 % was achieved for 4-class classification. An accuracy of 86.9 %, a sensitivity of 87.5 %, and a specificity of 86.4 % was achieved for binary classification.
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32 patients with rheumatoid arthritis was interview and 171 answered online questionnaire. In the qualitative studie a majority of patients answered that they are willing to use the automated ultrasound scanning robot(RoPCA).
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