Main objectives:

Development of a robotic system able of placing the brachytherapy specific devices in the tumor area of the body in a minimally invasive way
Achievement of efficient solutions for minimally invasive approach in the treatment of inoperable cancers.

Specific objectives:

In order to attain successfully the main project objectives, several specific objectives have been defined:

O1. Systematic development of a family of parallel robots optimized for the brachytherapy specific tasks and the achievement of the geometrical, kinematic and dynamic models for this family of robots.
Outcomes: several innovative structures adapted to specific demands of brachytherapy.

O2. Design of an advanced simulation software for robotic brachytherapy.
Outcomes: simulation and validation software for the robotic structures and a pre-planning platform for procedure analysis and optimization.

O3. Design and construction of the robotic experimental model for brachytherapy.
Outcomes: develop an experimental model optimized for the brachytherapy specific tasks.

O4. Development of a control and actuation system for the robotic system used in brachytherapy.
Outcomes: implementation of command and control algorithms in the experimental model.

O5. Development of an innovative path guidance control system based on the radiologic data of the patient for accurate automated device placement.
Outcomes: advanced control algorithms for automated path guidance.

O6. Validation of the fully functional solution in an experimental stage.
Outcomes: testing and validation of the systems performances.

O7. The increase of the consortium’s visibility on national and international level to ensure future participations to international programs for scientific and technical collaboration and adhesion to international technological alliances.
Outcomes: published papers, seminars, patents, FP7 proposal.