16 December 2014
SmartTarget® is an image fusion technology developed by a team led by Dr Dean Barratt of the Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL (CMIC), which enables image-directed tumour targeting in prostate cancer patients.
An early prototype of the patented SmartTarget® technology was developed under the UCL Business Proof of Concept funding scheme, and has since benefited from a substantial translational funding award from the Department of Health and Wellcome Trust through the Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) Fund.
Set to be CE marked early in 2015, the product package comprises both hardware and software components and will be licensed for clinical use in the UK and Europe. SmartTarget® is currently being used in trials that apply the new technique to targeted prostate cancer biopsy and minimally-invasive focal therapy, where the tumour rather than the whole gland is treated to reduce side-effects. In both cases the urologist benefits from the ability to sample – or deliver therapy to – small regions of the organ with millimetre accuracy.
For further information regarding this technology, please contact Marina Santilli email@example.com
About the Health Innovation Challenge Fund
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