Imperial College London

Professor Dan Elson

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Surgical Imaging
 
 
 
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415 Bessemer BuildingBessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Leiloglou M, Chalau V, Kedrzycki MS, Thiruchelvam P, Darzi A, Leff DR, Elson DSet al., 2021, Tissue texture extraction in indocyanine green fluorescence imaging for breast-conserving surgery, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol: 54, ISSN: 0022-3727

A two-camera fluorescence system for indocyanine green (ICG) signal detection has been developed and tested in a clinical feasibility trial of ten patients, with a resolution in the submillimetre scale. Immediately after systemic ICG injection, the two-camera system can detect ICG signals in vivo (~2.5 mg ${{\text{l}}^{ - 1}}$ or 3.2 × ${10^{ - 6}}{ }$ M). Qualitative assessment has shown that the fluorescence signal does not always correlate with the cancer location in the surgical scene. Conversely, fluorescence image texture metrics when used with the logistic regression model yields good accuracy scores in detecting cancer. We have demonstrated that intraoperative fluorescence imaging for resection guidance is a feasible solution to tackle the current challenge of positive resection margins in breast conserving surgery.

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Cartucho J, Tukra S, Li Y, S Elson D, Giannarou Set al., 2020, VisionBlender: a tool to efficiently generate computer vision datasets for robotic surgery, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, Pages: 1-8, ISSN: 2168-1163

Surgical robots rely on robust and efficient computer vision algorithms to be able to intervene in real-time. The main problem, however, is that the training or testing of such algorithms, especially when using deep learning techniques, requires large endoscopic datasets which are challenging to obtain, since they require expensive hardware, ethical approvals, patient consent and access to hospitals. This paper presents VisionBlender, a solution to efficiently generate large and accurate endoscopic datasets for validating surgical vision algorithms. VisionBlender is a synthetic dataset generator that adds a user interface to Blender, allowing users to generate realistic video sequences with ground truth maps of depth, disparity, segmentation masks, surface normals, optical flow, object pose, and camera parameters. VisionBlender was built with special focus on robotic surgery, and examples of endoscopic data that can be generated using this tool are presented. Possible applications are also discussed, and here we present one of those applications where the generated data has been used to train and evaluate state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction algorithms. Being able to generate realistic endoscopic datasets efficiently, VisionBlender promises an exciting step forward in robotic surgery.

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Kedrzycki MS, Elson DS, Leff DR, 2020, ASO author reflections: fluorescence-guided sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer, Annals of Surgical Oncology, ISSN: 1068-9265

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Ahmad OF, Mori Y, Misawa M, Kudo S-E, Anderson JT, Bernal J, Berzin TM, Bisschops R, Byrne MF, Chen P-J, East J, Eelbode T, Elson DS, Gurudu S, Histace A, Karnes WE, Repici A, Singh R, Valdastri P, Wallace MB, Wang P, Stoyanov D, Lovat LBet al., 2020, Establishing key research questions for the implementation of artificial intelligence in colonoscopy - a modified Delphi method., Endoscopy, ISSN: 0013-726X

Background and Aims Artificial intelligence (AI) research in colonoscopy is progressing rapidly but widespread clinical implementation is not yet a reality. We aimed to identify the top implementation research priorities. Methods An established modified Delphi approach for research priority setting was used. Fifteen international experts, including endoscopists and translational computer scientists/engineers from 9 countries participated in an online survey over 9 months. Questions related to AI implementation in colonoscopy were generated as a long-list in the first round, and then scored in two subsequent rounds to identify the top 10 research questions. Results The top 10 ranked questions were categorised into 5 themes. Theme 1: Clinical trial design/end points (4 questions), related to optimum trial designs for polyp detection and characterisation, determining the optimal end-points for evaluation of AI and demonstrating impact on interval cancer rates. Theme 2: Technological Developments (3 questions), including improving detection of more challenging and advanced lesions, reduction of false positive rates and minimising latency. Theme 3: Clinical adoption/Integration (1 question) concerning effective combination of detection and characterisation into one workflow. Theme 4: Data access/annotation (1 question) concerning more efficient or automated data annotation methods to reduce the burden on human experts. Theme 5: Regulatory Approval (1 question) related to making regulatory approval processes more efficient. Conclusions This is the first reported international research priority setting exercise for AI in colonoscopy. The study findings should be used as a framework to guide future research with key stakeholders to accelerate the clinical implementation of AI in endoscopy.

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Kedrzycki MS, Leiloglou M, Ashrafian H, Jiwa N, Thiruchelvam PTR, Elson DS, Leff DRet al., 2020, Meta-analysis comparing fluorescence imaging with radioisotope and blue dye-guided sentinel node identification for breast cancer surgery., Annals of Surgical Oncology, ISSN: 1068-9265

INTRODUCTION: Conventional methods for axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) are fraught with complications such as allergic reactions, skin tattooing, radiation, and limitations on infrastructure. A novel technique has been developed for lymphatic mapping utilizing fluorescence imaging. This meta-analysis aims to compare the gold standard blue dye and radioisotope (BD-RI) technique with fluorescence-guided SLNB using indocyanine green (ICG). METHODS: This study was registered with PROSPERO (CRD42019129224). The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, and Web of Science databases were searched using the Medical Subject Heading (MESH) terms 'Surgery' AND 'Lymph node' AND 'Near infrared fluorescence' AND 'Indocyanine green'. Studies containing raw data on the sentinel node identification rate in breast cancer surgery were included. A heterogeneity test (using Cochran's Q) determined the use of fixed- or random-effects models for pooled odds ratios (OR). RESULTS: Overall, 1748 studies were screened, of which 10 met the inclusion criteria for meta-analysis. ICG was equivalent to radioisotope (RI) at sentinel node identification (OR 2.58, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.35-19.08, p < 0.05) but superior to blue dye (BD) (OR 9.07, 95% CI 6.73-12.23, p < 0.05). Furthermore, ICG was superior to the gold standard BD-RI technique (OR 4.22, 95% CI 2.17-8.20, p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Fluorescence imaging for axillary sentinel node identification with ICG is equivalent to the single technique using RI, and superior to the dual technique (RI-BD) and single technique with BD. Hospitals using RI and/or BD could consider changing their practice to ICG given the comparable efficacy and improved safety profile, as well as the lesser burden on hospital infrastructure.

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Huang B, Tsai Y-Y, Cartucho J, Vyas K, Tuch D, Giannarou S, Elson DSet al., 2020, Tracking and visualization of the sensing area for a tethered laparoscopic gamma probe, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol: 15, Pages: 1389-1397, ISSN: 1861-6410

PurposeIn surgical oncology, complete cancer resection and lymph node identification are challenging due to the lack of reliable intraoperative visualization. Recently, endoscopic radio-guided cancer resection has been introduced where a novel tethered laparoscopic gamma detector can be used to determine the location of tracer activity, which can complement preoperative nuclear imaging data and endoscopic imaging. However, these probes do not clearly indicate where on the tissue surface the activity originates, making localization of pathological sites difficult and increasing the mental workload of the surgeons. Therefore, a robust real-time gamma probe tracking system integrated with augmented reality is proposed.MethodsA dual-pattern marker has been attached to the gamma probe, which combines chessboard vertices and circular dots for higher detection accuracy. Both patterns are detected simultaneously based on blob detection and the pixel intensity-based vertices detector and used to estimate the pose of the probe. Temporal information is incorporated into the framework to reduce tracking failure. Furthermore, we utilized the 3D point cloud generated from structure from motion to find the intersection between the probe axis and the tissue surface. When presented as an augmented image, this can provide visual feedback to the surgeons.ResultsThe method has been validated with ground truth probe pose data generated using the OptiTrack system. When detecting the orientation of the pose using circular dots and chessboard dots alone, the mean error obtained is 0.05∘and 0.06∘, respectively. As for the translation, the mean error for each pattern is 1.78 mm and 1.81 mm. The detection limits for pitch, roll and yaw are 360∘,360∘ and 8∘–82∘∪188∘–352∘.ConclusionThe performance evaluation results show that this dual-pattern marker can provide high detection rates, as well as more accurate pose estimation and a larger workspace than the previously proposed hyb

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Kedrzycki M, Leiloglou M, Ashrafian H, Jiwa N, Thiruchelvam P, Elson D, Leff Det al., 2020, Meta-analysis of Sentinel Node Mapping Techniques Comparing Near-infrared Fluorescence Imaging to Blue Dye and Radioisotope, 21st Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Breast-Surgeons (ASBS), Publisher: SPRINGER, Pages: S535-S536, ISSN: 1068-9265

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Kedrzycki M, Leiloglou M, Chalau V, Thiruchelvam P, Lin J, Elson D, Leff Det al., 2020, First-in-Human Study Using the 'GLOW' Near Infrared Camera System in Breast Cancer, 21st Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Breast-Surgeons (ASBS), Publisher: SPRINGER, Pages: S382-S383, ISSN: 1068-9265

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Clancy NT, Jones G, Maier-Hein L, Elson DS, Stoyanov Det al., 2020, Surgical spectral imaging., Medical Image Analysis, Vol: 63, Pages: 1-18, ISSN: 1361-8415

Recent technological developments have resulted in the availability of miniaturised spectral imaging sensors capable of operating in the multi- (MSI) and hyperspectral imaging (HSI) regimes. Simultaneous advances in image-processing techniques and artificial intelligence (AI), especially in machine learning and deep learning, have made these data-rich modalities highly attractive as a means of extracting biological information non-destructively. Surgery in particular is poised to benefit from this, as spectrally-resolved tissue optical properties can offer enhanced contrast as well as diagnostic and guidance information during interventions. This is particularly relevant for procedures where inherent contrast is low under standard white light visualisation. This review summarises recent work in surgical spectral imaging (SSI) techniques, taken from Pubmed, Google Scholar and arXiv searches spanning the period 2013-2019. New hardware, optimised for use in both open and minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), is described, and recent commercial activity is summarised. Computational approaches to extract spectral information from conventional colour images are reviewed, as tip-mounted cameras become more commonplace in MIS. Model-based and machine learning methods of data analysis are discussed in addition to simulation, phantom and clinical validation experiments. A wide variety of surgical pilot studies are reported but it is apparent that further work is needed to quantify the clinical value of MSI/HSI. The current trend toward data-driven analysis emphasises the importance of widely-available, standardised spectral imaging datasets, which will aid understanding of variability across organs and patients, and drive clinical translation.

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Zhao M, Oude Vrielink TJC, Kogkas A, Runciman M, Elson D, Mylonas Get al., 2020, LaryngoTORS: a novel cable-driven parallel robotic system for transoral laser phonosurgery, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol: 5, Pages: 1516-1523, ISSN: 2377-3766

Transoral laser phonosurgery is a commonly used surgical procedure in which a laser beam is used to perform incision, ablation or photocoagulation of laryngeal tissues. Two techniques are commonly practiced: free beam and fiber delivery. For free beam delivery, a laser scanner is integrated into a surgical microscope to provide an accurate laser scanning pattern. This approach can only be used under direct line of sight, which may cause increased postoperative pain to the patient and injury, is uncomfortable for the surgeon during prolonged operations, the manipulability is poor and extensive training is required. In contrast, in the fiber delivery technique, a flexible fiber is used to transmit the laser beam and therefore does not require direct line of sight. However, this can only achieve manual level accuracy, repeatability and velocity, and does not allow for pattern scanning. Robotic systems have been developed to overcome the limitations of both techniques. However, these systems offer limited workspace and degrees-of-freedom (DoF), limiting their clinical applicability. This work presents the LaryngoTORS, a robotic system that aims at overcoming the limitations of the two techniques, by using a cable-driven parallel mechanism (CDPM) attached at the end of a curved laryngeal blade for controlling the end tip of the laser fiber. The system allows autonomous generation of scanning patterns or user driven freepath scanning. Path scan validation demonstrated errors as low as 0.054±0.028 mm and high repeatability of 0.027±0.020 mm (6×2 mm arc line). Ex vivo tests on chicken tissue have been carried out. The results show the ability of the system to overcome limitations of current methods with high accuracy and repeatability using the superior fiber delivery approach.

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He C, Chang J, He H, Liu S, Elson DS, Ma H, Booth MJet al., 2020, GRIN lens based polarization endoscope – from conception to application, Label-free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (LBIS) 2020, Publisher: SPIE

Graded index (GRIN) lenses focus light through a radially symmetric refractive index profile. It is not widely appreciated that the ion-exchange process that creates the index profile also causes a radially symmetric birefringence variation. This property is usually considered a nuisance, such that manufacturing processes are optimized to keep it to a minimum. Here, a new Mueller matrix (MM) polarimeter based on a spatially engineered polarization state generating array and GRIN lens cascade for measuring the MM of a region of a sample in a single-shot is presented. We explore using the GRIN lens cascade for a functional analyzer to calculate multiple Stokes vectors and the MM of the target in a snapshot. A designed validation sample is used to test the reliability of this polarimeter. To understand more potential biomedical applications, human breast ductal carcinoma slides at two pathological progression stages are detected by this polarimeter. The MM polar decomposition parameters then can be calculated from the measured MMs, and quantitatively compared with the equivalent data sampled by a MM microscope. The results indicate that the polarimeter and the measured polarization parameters are capable of differentiating the healthy and carcinoma status of human breast tissue efficiently. It has potential to act as a polarization detected fiber-based probe to assist further minimally invasive clinical diagnosis.

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Leiloglou M, Gkouzionis I, Avila-Rencoret FB, Chalau V, Kedrzycki M, Darzi A, Leff DR, Elson DSet al., 2020, Snapshot hyperspectral system for breast conserving surgery guidance

There is an unmet need for accurate tumour localization in vivo during breast conserving surgery. Herein a novel snapshot hyperspectral system is presented for accurately detecting the intrinsic fluorescence signal in real-time fluorescence guided surgery.

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Elson D, 2020, Multispectral and polarization-resolved endoscopic surgical imaging (invited), SPIE Photonics Europe

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Gkouzionis IA, Avila-Rencoret F, Peters C, Elson Det al., 2020, Hyperspectral circumferential resection margin assessment for gastrointestinal cancer surgery, Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School 2020

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Kedrzycki M, Leiloglou M, Leff D, Elson Det al., 2020, Illuminating Cancer: A Systematic Review of Fluorophores available for Fluorescence Guided Surgery in Humans, European Molecular Imaging Meeting

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Zhao M, Oude Vrielink J, Kogkas A, Runciman M, Elson D, Mylonas Get al., 2020, LaryngoTORS: A Novel Cable-Driven Parallel Robot for Transoral Laser Surgery, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

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Zhao M, Zhang H, Mylonas GP, Elson DSet al., 2020, Cable-driven parallel robot assisted confocal imaging of the larynx

LaryngoTORS, a transoral laryngeal surgery robot, can manipulate instruments accurately. Confocal imaging has potentials in laryngeal cancer diagnosis but suffer from high scanning requirement. This work studies using LaryngoTORS to assist confocal imaging of larynx.

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Kedrzycki M, Leiloglou M, Chalau V, Lin J, Thiruchelvam P, Leff D, Elson Det al., 2020, Fluorescence Guided Surgery Using Indocyanine Green to Demarcate Vasculature in Breast Cancer, London Surgery Symposium

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Palaniappan V, Noble E, Qi J, Lewis J, Sahid SM, Reese G, Paraskeva P, Souvatzi, Stoyanov D, Murphy J, Elson Det al., 2020, Optical Polarization-resolved Imaging of Human Colon Cancer Tissue, London Surgery Symposium

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Cartucho J, Tukra S, Li Y, Elson D, Giannarou Set al., 2020, VisionBlender: A Tool for Generating Computer Vision Datasets in Robotic Surgery (best paper award), Joint MICCAI 2020 Workshop on Augmented Environments for Computer-Assisted Interventions (AE-CAI), Computer-Assisted Endoscopy (CARE) and Context-Aware Operating Theatres 2.0 (OR2.0)

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Elson D, 2020, Multispectral and polarization-resolved endoscopic surgical imaging (invited), Photon 2020

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Huang B, Tsai Y-Y, Cartucho J, Tuch D, Giannarou S, Elson Det al., 2020, Tracking and Visualization of the Sensing Area for a Tethered Laparoscopic Gamma Probe, Information Processing in Computer Assisted Intervention (IPCAI)

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He C, Chang J, Hu Q, Wang J, Antonello J, He H, Liu S, Lin J, Dai B, Elson DS, Xi P, Ma H, Booth MJet al., 2019, Complex vectorial optics through gradient index lens cascades, Nature Communications, Vol: 10, Pages: 1-8, ISSN: 2041-1723

Graded index (GRIN) lenses are commonly used for compact imaging systems. It is not widely appreciated that the ion-exchange process that creates the rotationally symmetric GRIN lens index profile also causes a symmetric birefringence variation. This property is usually considered a nuisance, such that manufacturing processes are optimized to keep it to a minimum. Here, rather than avoiding this birefringence, we understand and harness it by using GRIN lenses in cascade with other optical components to enable extra functionality in commonplace GRIN lens systems. We show how birefringence in the GRIN cascades can generate vector vortex beams and foci, and how it can be used advantageously to improve axial resolution. Through using the birefringence for analysis, we show that the GRIN cascades form the basis of a new single-shot Müller matrix polarimeter with potential for endoscopic label-free cancer diagnostics. The versatility of these cascades opens up new technological directions.

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Chabloz N, Wenzel M, Perry H, Yoon I, Molisso S, Stasiuk G, Elson D, Cass A, Wilton-Ely Jet al., 2019, Polyfunctionalised nanoparticles bearing robust gadolinium surface units for high relaxivity performance in MRI, Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol: 25, Pages: 10895-10906, ISSN: 0947-6539

The first example of an octadentate gadolinium unit based on DO3A (hydration number q = 1) with a dithiocarbamate tether has been designed and attached to the surface of gold nanoparticles (around 4.4 nm in diameter). In addition to the superior robustness of this attachment, the restricted rotation of the Gd complex on the nanoparticle surface leads to a dramatic increase in relaxivity (r1) from 4.0 mM‐1 s‐1 in unbound form to 34.3 mM‐1 s‐1 (at 10 MHz, 37 °C) and 22 ± 2 mM‐1s‐1 (at 63.87 MHz, 25 °C) when immobilised on the surface. The ‘one‐pot’ synthetic route provides a straightforward and versatile way of preparing a range of multifunctional gold nanoparticles. The incorporation of additional surface units improving biocompatibility (PEG and thioglucose units) and targeting (folic acid) lead to little detrimental effect on the high relaxivity observed for these non‐toxic multifunctional materials. In addition to the passive targeting attributed to gold nanoparticles, the inclusion of a unit capable of targeting the folate receptors overexpressed by cancer cells, such as HeLa cells, illustrates the potential of these assemblies.

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Li Q, Lin J, Clancy NT, Elson DSet al., 2019, Estimation of tissue oxygen saturation from RGB images and sparse hyperspectral signals based on conditional generative adversarial network, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol: 14, Pages: 987-995, ISSN: 1861-6410

Purpose: Intra-operative measurement of tissue oxygen saturation (StO 2 ) is important in detection of ischaemia, monitoring perfusion and identifying disease. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) measures the optical reflectance spectrum of the tissue and uses this information to quantify its composition, including StO 2 . However, real-time monitoring is difficult due to capture rate and data processing time. Methods: An endoscopic system based on a multi-fibre probe was previously developed to sparsely capture HSI data (sHSI). These were combined with RGB images, via a deep neural network, to generate high-resolution hypercubes and calculate StO 2 . To improve accuracy and processing speed, we propose a dual-input conditional generative adversarial network, Dual2StO2, to directly estimate StO 2 by fusing features from both RGB and sHSI. Results: Validation experiments were carried out on in vivo porcine bowel data, where the ground truth StO 2 was generated from the HSI camera. Performance was also compared to our previous super-spectral-resolution network, SSRNet in terms of mean StO 2 prediction accuracy and structural similarity metrics. Dual2StO2 was also tested using simulated probe data with varying fibre number. Conclusions: StO 2 estimation by Dual2StO2 is visually closer to ground truth in general structure and achieves higher prediction accuracy and faster processing speed than SSRNet. Simulations showed that results improved when a greater number of fibres are used in the probe. Future work will include refinement of the network architecture, hardware optimization based on simulation results, and evaluation of the technique in clinical applications beyond StO 2 estimation.

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Brunckhorst O, Ong QJ, Elson D, Mayer Eet al., 2019, Novel real-time optical imaging modalities for the detection of neoplastic lesions in urology: a systematic review, Surgical Endoscopy, Vol: 33, Pages: 1349-1367, ISSN: 0930-2794

Background Current optical diagnostic techniques for malignancies are limited in their diagnostic accuracy and lack theability to further characterise disease, leading to the rapidly increasing development of novel imaging methods within urology. This systematic review critically appraises the literature for novel imagining modalities, in the detection and staging ofurological cancer and assesses their effectiveness via their utility and accuracy.Methods A systematic literature search utilising MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library Database was conducted from1970 to September 2018 by two independent reviewers. Studies were included if they assessed real-time imaging modalities not already approved in guidelines, in vivo and in humans. Outcome measures included diagnostic accuracy and utilityparameters, including feasibility and cost.Results Of 5475 articles identified from screening, a final 46 were included. Imaging modalities for bladder cancer includedoptical coherence tomography (OCT), confocal laser endomicroscopy, autofluorescence and spectroscopic techniques. OCTwas the most widely investigated, with 12 studies demonstrating improvements in overall diagnostic accuracy (sensitivity74.5–100% and specificity 60–98.5%). Upper urinary tract malignancy diagnosis was assessed using photodynamic diagnosis(PDD), narrow band imaging, optical coherence tomography and confocal laser endomicroscopy. Only PDD demonstratedconsistent improvements in overall diagnostic accuracy in five trials (sensitivity 94–96% and specificity 96.6–100%). Limitedevidence for optical coherence tomography in percutaneous renal biopsy was identified, with anecdotal evidence for anymodality in penile cancer.Conclusions Evidence supporting the efficacy for identified novel imaging modalities remains limited at present. However,OCT for bladder cancer and PDD in upper tract malignancy demonstrate the best potential for improvement in overall diagnostic accuracy. OCT may addit

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Adshead J, Oldfield F, Hadaschik B, Everaerts W, Mestre-Fusco A, Newbery M, Elson D, Grootendorst M, Vyas K, Fumado L, Harke Net al., 2019, A pelvic phantom and porcine model study to evaluate the usability and technical feasibility of a tethered laparoscopic gamma probe for radioguided surgery in prostate cancer, Annual Meeting of the Society-of-Nuclear-Medicine-and-Molecular-Imaging (SNMMI), Publisher: SOC NUCLEAR MEDICINE INC, ISSN: 0161-5505

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Qi J, Elson D, Stoyanov D, 2019, An eigen value calibration method and optimization for 3×3 Mueller polarimeters, Optics Letters, Vol: 44, Pages: 2362-2365, ISSN: 0146-9592

3×3 Mueller polarimetry has shown potential for tissue characterization applications, however, calibration has not been fully addressed. We demonstrate a 3×3 Mueller polarimeter eigenvalue calibration method, inspired by those for full Mueller polarimeters. We also investigate the optimal combination of calibration measurements. Our method does not rely on modeling the polarization state generator, polarization state analyzer, or precise knowledge of calibration sample properties or orientations. It is therefore easy to implement, and the experimental results of a linear polarizer test sample, as well as a biological specimen, are presented.

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Lin J, Walsted ES, Backer V, Hull JH, Elson Det al., 2019, Quantification and analysis of laryngeal closure from endoscopic videos, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol: 66, Pages: 1127-1136, ISSN: 0018-9294

Objective: At present, there are no objective techniques to quantify and describe laryngeal obstruction, and the reproducibility of subjective manual quantification methods is insufficient, resulting in diagnostic inaccuracy and a poor signal-to-noise ratio in medical research. In this work, a workflow is proposed to quantify laryngeal movements from laryngoscopic videos, to facilitate the diagnosis procedure. Methods: The proposed method analyses laryngoscopic videos, and delineates glottic opening, vocal folds, and supraglottic structures, using a convolutional neural networks (CNNs) based algorithm. The segmentation is divided into two steps: A bounding box which indicates the region of interest (RoI) is found, followed by segmentation using fully convolutional networks (FCNs). The segmentation results are statistically quantified along the temporal dimension and processed using singular spectrum analysis (SSA), to extract clear objective information that can be used by the clinicians in diagnosis. Results: The segmentation was validated on 400 images from 20 videos acquired using different endoscopic systems from different patients. The results indicated significant improvements over using FCN only in terms of both processing speed (16 FPS vs. 8 FPS) and segmentation result statistics. Five clinical cases on patients have also been provided to showcase the quantitative analysis results using the proposed method. Conclusion: The proposed method guarantees a robust and fast processing of laryngoscopic videos. Measurements of glottic angles and supraglottic index showed distinctive patterns in the provided clinical cases. Significance: The proposed automated and objective method extracts important temporal laryngeal movement information, which can be used to aid laryngeal closure diagnosis.

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Sheng W, Li W, Qi J, Liu T, He H, Dong Y, Liu S, Wu J, Elson DS, Ma Het al., 2019, Quantitative analysis of 4 x 4 Mueller matrix transformation parameters for biomedical imaging, Photonics, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2304-6732

Mueller matrix polarimetry is a potentially powerful technique for obtaining microstructural information of biomedical specimens. Thus, it has found increasing application in both backscattering imaging of bulk tissue samples and transmission microscopic imaging of thin tissue slices. Recently, we proposed a technique to transform the 4 × 4 Mueller matrix elements into a group of parameters, which have explicit associations with specific microstructural features of samples. In this paper, we thoroughly analyze the relationships between the Mueller matrix transformation parameters and the characteristic microstructures of tissues by using experimental phantoms and Monte Carlo simulations based on different tissue mimicking models. We also adopt quantitative evaluation indicators to compare the Mueller matrix transformation parameters with the Mueller matrix polar decomposition parameters. The preliminary imaging results of bulk porcine colon tissues and thin human pathological tissue slices demonstrate the potential of Mueller matrix transformation parameters as biomedical diagnostic indicators. Also, this study provides quantitative criteria for parameter selection in biomedical Mueller matrix imaging.

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