MURAB - MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy

Starting date
January 1, 2016
Duration (months)
Computer Science, Department of Engineering for Innovation Medicine
Managers or local contacts
Fiorini Paolo

The MURAB project aims at improving the precision of diagnostic biopsies and the effectiveness of the
workflow, by using Ultrasound (US) images coupled to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with a novel
registration method that would reduce the use of MRI to a minimum. A robotically steered US
transducer with force sensing will be used to acquire volumetric
and elastographic data of the tissue. Once the Lesion is identified in the MRI image, the
radiologist can select the target on the MR image and the robot will steer the instrument to the
exact desired location by adapting the insertion angle on the basis of real time US measurements.
Tissue deformations will be predicted based on the acquired elastographic measurements. Two
applications will be targeted and validated in the project: breast cancer diagnostics and muscle
disease diagnostics.


Unione Europea
Funds: assigned and managed by the department

Project participants

Marta Capiluppi
Diego Dall'Alba
Scholarship holder
Paolo Fiorini
Research Assistants
Bogdan Mihai Maris
Laboratory technician
Riccardo Muradore
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Sistemi ciberfisici
Embedded and cyber-physical systems