ROPCA Ultrasound

About one percent of Danes suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.The ROPCA Ultrasound robot is to be used for the diagnosis and evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis (also deep vein thrombosis), so patients can have their hands scanned at every visit. The doctor can then better follow developments in the disease and treatment.

The robot consists of an arm mounted on a table with a glass plate where the patient places the hand for scanning. The robot has sensors that feel the hand in order to scan the right places without pressing too hard. It then stores and analyses data using artificial intelligence and gives a score for the arthritis activity.


The robot should ensure a systematic and uniform method for performing ultrasound scans, thereby giving doctors the best possible starting point for determining treatment. Such a systematic scan is not possible today as regards time, and the doctors' manual scan is not as accurate or systematic.

The robot is programmed using PbD (Programming by Demonstration) to be able to transfer the movements from the experienced doctor to the automated robot. It enables complete automation of the robot with movement patterns from a human operator - unlike a robot that is manually controlled by a human operator.


The project and development of the robot has been redirected to the company Ropca Holding APS, where the technology is further developed into a finished product that can be used in the analysis and treatment of arthritis.

The technology has the potential to be used for other types of ultrasound scans. In the future, it may also be possible to use it for the diagnosis of other diseases, for example in the cardiology department or in the emergency department.

The plan is for the first CE-marked product to be on the market by 2022.



The project is funded by Energi Fyn, SDU Robotics and SDU when it was appointed a lighthouse project.

Today, the further development of the robot takes place in the company Ropca Holding Aps.

Project period

Start: Spring 2017
End: 2020 (the finished robot is expected to be on the market by 2022)

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Søren Andreas Just

Ledende overlæge

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Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimutu

Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu

Professor, Research Manager, CCR

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