Indeed, eligibility for liver surgery is based on the minimum safety liver volume remaining after resection (standardized FLR), but this minimum value varies over time and from one patient to another according to biological and mechanical properties of the liver. Since 1996, a large set of preoperative planning software has been developed, but all of them provide only the volume of the liver before and after resection. However interesting, this limited information is not sufficient to improve the rate of surgical eligibility.
PASSPORT for Liver Surgery (PAtient specific simulation and preoperative realistic training for liver surgery) project aims at overcoming these limitations by offering a patient-specific modelling that combines anatomical, mechanical, appearance and biological preoperative modelled information in a unified model of the patient. This first complete "Virtual liver" will be developed in an Open Source Framework allowing vertical integration of biomedical data, from macroscopic to microscopic patient information.
From these models, a dynamic liver modelling will provide the patient-specific minimum safety standardized FLR in an educative and preoperative planning simulator allowing to predict the feasibility of the gesture and surgeons' ability to realise it. Thus, any patient will be able to know the risk level of a proposed therapy.
The propsed project expects to increase the rate of surgical treatment so as to save patients with a liver pathology. To reach these purposes, PASSPORT is composed of a high level partnership between internationally renowned surgical teams, leading European research teams in surgical simulation and an international leading company in surgical instrumentation.
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Institut de Recherche contre les Cancers de l'Appareil Digestif (France)
- Universität Leipzig (Germany)
- Technischen Universität München (Germany)
- University College London (United Kingdom)
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
- Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
- Université Louis-Pasteur (France)
- Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (France)
- Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Switzerland)
- Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Timetable: from 06/2008 - to 05/2011
Total cost: 5.460.000
EC funding: 3.640.000
Programme Acronym: FP7-ICT
Subprogramme Area: Virtual physiological human
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)