LASER OPTIMAL - Laser ablation selectivity and monitoring for optimal tumor removal

LASER OPTIMAL is a human-oriented project, whose goal is bringing a novel strategy for safe tumor removal.

The rationale is the control of the energy delivery in tumors, aiming to minimize the unwanted heat dispersion into the surrounding healthy tissue. The multidisciplinary team is working on the design of a patient-specific platform, useful to plan the treatment and to monitor the laser ablation evolution in real-time, in conjunction with the injection of nanoparticles, used to enhance the selectivity of the treatment.

LASER OPTIMAL is a 5-year project funded by the ERC Starting Grant (Gant Agreement n. 759159), it has started the 1st May 2018, and will finish the 30th April 2023.

Paola Saccomandi is the Principal Investigator and the Host Institution is the Politecnico di Milano (IT). The research team is based at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in Milan.

This is a multi-beneficiary project, whose Partner Institutions are the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery (IHU) of Strasbourg, and the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope in California, and the Third Party is the INRIA (Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique).

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