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FibroBot - New project with CCR and CIMT

Since the launch of CAI-X in January 2021, we have been working closely with our sister centres CIMT (Centre for Innovative Medical Technology) and CCR (Centre for Clinical Robotics), when we needed know-how and skills from the other centres. But now, we are ready to present our first joint project: FibroBot.

FibroBot is anchored at FLASH – Centre for Liver Research, which is an elite research centre at the Department of Gastroenterology at Odense University Hospital. Fibrobot is the preliminary step towards a robot scanner to help patients with fatty liver disease.

Today, fatty liver disease is often diagnosed and treated too late in order to limit complications, reduce hospitalisations, avoid expensive and invasive interventions, and reduce the risk of early death. Quite a few of the complications and deaths related to fatty liver disease could be prevented, e.g. by a more precise diagnosis, more efficient monitoring of the disease and effective and timely treatment. For that reason, the project wants to explore the use of robot technology and artificial intelligence, including the potential of combining the technologies.

We hope that the robot scanner together with an algorithm based on artificial intelligence can improve diagnostic precision and ensure clinical decision support in order to help the patients earlier than is the case today.

In the project, CAI-X contributes with our competencies within the field of artificial intelligence, CCR contributes with their competencies within robot technology, and Professor and Head of Research at CCR Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu is project owner. CIMT contributes with competencies regarding early assessment of health technology based on the EARTH model.

The project is to result in a prototype, but we expect that the robot scanner and the algorithm in the future can be implemented and extended to scanning of other organs.