UBC Faculty Research and Publications
Design of an Ultrasound-Navigated Prostate Cancer Biopsy System for Nationwide Implementation in Senegal Fichtinger, Gabor; Mousavi, Parvin; Ungi, Tamas; Fenster, Aaron; Abolmaesumi, Purang; Kronreif, Gernot; Ruiz-Alzola, Juan; Ndoye, Alain; Diao, Babacar; Kikinis, Ron
This paper presents the design of NaviPBx, an ultrasound-navigated prostate cancer biopsy system. NaviPBx is designed to support an affordable and sustainable national healthcare program in Senegal. It uses spatiotemporal navigation and multiparametric transrectal ultrasound to guide biopsies. NaviPBx integrates concepts and methods that have been independently validated previously in clinical feasibility studies and deploys them together in a practical prostate cancer biopsy system. NaviPBx is based entirely on free open-source software and will be shared as a free open-source program with no restriction on its use. NaviPBx is set to be deployed and sustained nationwide through the Senegalese Military Health Service. This paper reports on the results of the design process of NaviPBx. Our approach concentrates on “frugal technology”, intended to be affordable for low–middle income (LMIC) countries. Our project promises the wide-scale application of prostate biopsy and will foster time-efficient development and programmatic implementation of ultrasound-guided diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in Senegal and beyond.
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