Development of image guidance applying 4-dimensional ultrasound and integrated pre-operative imaging. Multidisciplinary co-design between medical end users, industrial designers, and technical designers should safeguard medical suitability and usability.
Replacing classical surgical interventions by minimally invasive alternatives is beneficial for the patient and the health care system, as it has large potential for reducing complication rates, minimizing surgical trauma, and reducing hospital stay. The minimally invasive character, however, makes these interventions challenging for the clinician. There is no direct eyesight on the target region, conventional interventional imaging modalities have limited capabilities, and the user interfacing and interaction with the equipment involved often is not ergonomically well-designed, and does not match the interventional workflow well. We intend to address these issues for image guided needle interventions, by advancing the knowledge of ergonomics and human factors for image guidance in these interventions, and implementing this knowledge in novel approaches and workflow for these procedures.