Our research team is centred on developing new biomedical imaging and sensing technologies to transform how minimally invasive procedures are performed. The team encompasses three independent groups; the Interventional Devices group (https://www.interventionaldevices.org), the Multimodal Interventional Sensing and Imaging (MISI) group (https://www.tinyurl.com/MISI-UCL), and the micro-OpUS group. We have received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop a novel technology platform using interventional imaging probes to guide lung biopsies. In particular, the aim of the project is to develop miniaturised fibre-optic imaging probes and an imaging system, which will be validated with ex vivo and in vivo experiments and integrated with a recently introduced robotic bronchoscopy system to provide real-time guidance of endoluminal needle biopsies of lung lesions.
Working closely with clinical collaborators at the University College Hospital, our multidisciplinary research encompasses a broad range of topics in minimally invasive imaging and sensing. For this role, the principal imaging technique used will be optical ultrasound (OpUS). With this technique, ultrasound is both generated and received using light, enabling highly miniaturised optical fibre devices with high sensitivity and broad bandwidth. Ongoing projects investigate the use of OpUS in vascular applications including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal imaging, and endobronchial applications, to name a few. Our research spans from developing novel imaging devices and actuation methods to advanced image reconstruction and multimodal techniques.
About the role
This role is one of two 24-month posts in a highly collaborative project. Successful candidates for these two roles will be expected to work closely together. In this post, the successful applicant will be expected to assemble and integrate a compact and versatile imaging console housing the various light sources, computer, and acquisition hardware. In addition, instrument control and image reconstruction software will be developed to enable high-quality, real-time imaging and seamless integration with a robotic bronchoscopy platform. This console and software will be deployed to interrogate and actuate fibre-optic imaging probes developed in the second post. This post involves close interaction with clinical collaborators and a collaborating medtech company to optimise integration of the imaging probes and console with the robotic bronchoscopy system.
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