Start: April 2022
End: December 2022
Many of the complications and deaths that occur due to the disease can be prevented with more accurate diagnosis, more effective monitoring of the disease and effective treatment at the right time.
Therefore, this FibroBot project wanted to explore the use of robotics and artificial intelligence for the development of a better diagnostic and clinical tool for the treatment of fatty liver disease.
One of the best diagnostic tests in the field is Fibroscan, a probe for measuring liver stiffness (scar tissue in the liver). The probe measures the level of scar tissue in the liver with ultrasound and is thus a non-invasive diagnostic tool.
The aim of this project was to develop a prototype that would be able to automatically scan for scar tissue in the liver with a Fibroscan probe. This should relieve the clinical staff and ensure a more uniform diagnostic process.
The project was made up of three parts:
- A set of AI-based ensemble models were developed that could identify patients with asymptomatic scar tissue in the liver using e.g. blood tests. The work in this phase was built on previous experiences with the development of an algorithm for the early diagnosis of cirrhosis.
- CCR built a prototype of FibroBot, which consisted of a robotic arm with an attached Fibroscan probe. The robotic arm guided the probe to the patient's body and automatically generated scans. The robotic arm held the probe completely still, thus making it possible to make very precise measurements and generate precise image data. The robotic arm would be able to physically relieve the staff, as they would no longer have to hold and press the probe against the patients during examinations.
- An early medical technology assessment (MTV) was made based on the EARTH model.
The prototype and algorithm are expected to be used for further development of scanning solutions for other organs.
FibroBot was jointly made with the Centre for Clinical Artificial Intelligence (CAI-X) and the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT). CAI-X contributed competences within artificial intelligence, while CIMT was responsible for the evaluation of the project. CCR contributed with competences in robotics technology. Professor and research leader in CCR Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu was the project owner.
FibroBot was clinically based at FLASH - Centre for Liver Research, which is an elite research centre at Odense University Hospital's Department of Gastroenterology and the University of Southern Denmark.
The project was funded by the Region of Southern Denmark.