Cooperative Brachytherapy Project
The CoBra (Cooperative Brachytherapy) project aims to develop an innovative technology for robotic biopsy and brachytherapy under MRI guidance. For more information visit the project website at https://cobra-2seas.eu/
The five year project commenced early 2018 and is funded by EU Interreg 2 Seas, involving institutions from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and France, led by the University of Lille. The project aims to improve the quality of both diagnosis and treatment of localized cancers, initially in the prostate with potential applications for other sites. The main deliverable will be a robotic arm for both biopsy and brachytherapy treatment (LDR and HDR), utilising a single perineum puncture needle technique, with high precision and accuracy under real-time MRI guidance. The robotic arm software development includes dedicated software responsible for needle and organ motion tracking under MRI, automatic dose optimisation and real time treatment delivery monitoring. A geographic mapping of patient need will also be undertaken.
Portsmouth Hospital Trust’s team, led by Tony Palmer (Head of Medical Physics), will advise on the clinical requirements for brachytherapy and support training on the new robot prototype. If you would like to know more please contact email@example.com