The Centre has a long history of developing new techniques for medical imaging (particularly in magnetic resonance imaging), transforming them from a primarily diagnostic modality into an interventional and therapeutic platform. This is facilitated by the Centre's strong engineering background in practical imaging and image analysis platform development, as well as advances in minimal access and robotic assisted surgery. Hamlyn has a strong tradition in pursuing basic sciences and theoretical research, with a clear focus on clinical translation.
In response to the current paradigm shift and clinical demand in bringing cellular and molecular imaging modalities to an in vivo – in situ setting during surgical intervention, our recent research has also been focussed on novel biophotonics platforms that can be used for real-time tissue characterisation, functional assessment, and intraoperative guidance during minimally invasive surgery. This includes, for example, SMART confocal laser endomicroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and flexible FLIM catheters.
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At the Hamlyn Centre, we work on a broad range of imaging modalities, particularly in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. These include the development of accurate cardiac function measurement including phase contrast velocity mapping, myocardial perfusion and coronary imaging.
The use of minimally invasive and flexible access surgery has imposed significant challenges on surgical navigation. Our work focuses on combining prior knowledge of the anatomical model with subject specific information derived from pre- and intra-operative imaging for image-guided surgery.
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Surgical Imaging and Vision
At the Hamlyn Centre, we are working towards the development of lightweight, cost-effective, flexible manipulators with minimum footprint in the operative theatre that enhance current surgical workflow as well as new techniques for providing synergistic control between the surgeon and the robot.