RoPCA platform

We investigate whether DVT ultrasound scan can be carried out using a robot platform

Mobile DVT platform

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. The symptoms include swollen legs, pain, warmth and redness. DVT can evolve into a pulmonary embolism, where the blood clots has loosened and been transported to the lungs through the veins. Pulmonary Embolism can be fatal, 1-8% of patients developing a PE will die.

As a part of the ROPCA Ultrasound project, we are currently developing a robot platform for automating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) diagnosis.
Today, ultrasound scanning is done by a trained professional using a handheld ultrasound probe. In this project we are investigating whether this ultrasound scan can be carried out using a robot platform.
Using a robotic platform we hope to achieve a higher scan consistency and increase the hospitals capacity for performing the scans.

The platform is based on a Mobile Industrial Robots MiR100 and a Universal Robot UR10. Both Mobile Industrial Robotics and Universal Robots originated from the University of Southern Denmark and is part of Odense Robotics. Also participating in the project is Enabled Robotics ApS, contributing software for precise positioning of the platform.

By June 2018, we expect to have a working prototype, capable of planning and executing a scan of the femoral vein. The scan is planned using a 3D image (pointcloud) of the legs.

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