Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Innovative medical spaces at Children’s National

When you work for a children’s hospital, innovations aren’t limited to new devices and new treatments. In the last few months, Children’s National has opened some new patient care spaces that are technologically advanced, but also employ some innovative tactics to make the time a child spends with us less stressful all around.

Check out the images from our new Imaging Center in Montgomery County—every room is designed in a different theme. And the location makes getting pediatric imaging services easier for parents who live in the areas around Washington, DC.

Children's new Imaging Center in Montgomery County

At our main Sheikh Zayed Campus, we also recently opened a new Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The state-of-the-art unit combines advanced care and research technologies, with a design that is centered around families and healing.
Sometimes the innovations with the most immediate impact are the ones that make a procedure like an MRI or CT scan less scary for kids, or make a long, stressful stay in the hospital a little more comfortable for families.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Guest Post: Institute bioengineers share imaging innovations at SPIE 2012

By Kevin Cleary, PhD

The Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation was well represented at the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting in San Diego from February 4-9, 2012. (SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.) Principal Investigator Ziv Yaniv, PhD, was on the Steering Committee for the Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling track and also served as a Session Chair. Principal Investigator Marius George Linguraru, PhD, presented in the Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging track, and also had a poster in the Image Processing track. In addition, I served on the Steering Committee for the Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling track and presented a poster in the same track.

The SPIE Medical Imaging meeting is an annual event and one of the premier conferences for Image Processing, Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD), Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Biomedical Applications. The keynote talk, “Re-Engineering Medical Imaging in an Electronic and Flattened World: Meaningful Innovation and Translation,” was given by Paul Chang, MD, of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. A recap of key conference events can be found on the website http://spie.org/x12166.xml.

“The Medical Imaging meeting gives us a chance to present our latest work as well as learn what others are doing,” said Dr. Yaniv. “The multiple track format allows us to see different disciplines in the medical imaging domain in one convenient setting.”
Dr. Yaniv leads the IGSTK user group meeting.
“The conference is important to me as the leaders in the medical imaging field all attend and there is ample opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas,” said Dr. Linguraru. “It is also an excellent venue for recruiting young researchers as students are well represented.”

In addition to attending the Medical Imaging conference, Dr. Yaniv and Dr. Cleary hosted a user group meeting for their open source software, The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK). Groups represented included Princess Margaret Hospital from Toronto, the Politecnico di Milano from Milan, the University of Bern in Switzerland, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The presentation topics and slides can be found on the website by following the links to IGSTK events and the SPIE 2012 user group meeting.

Kevin Cleary, PhD, is the Technical Director and a Principal Investigator in the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sheikh Zayed Institute brings pediatric robot-assisted surgery to Children's National

Children's National has added a new minimally invasive surgery option for children needing some types of urology procedures: robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Here's Craig Peters, MD, one of the pioneers of adapting this system into use for children a decade ago, talking to families about the benefits of this surgical approach (and some great footage of the robotics system during a case).

Both the hiring of Dr. Peters and the addition of the da Vinci Surgical System to Children’s National were made possible through the joint clinical and research efforts of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National. Both are focused on working together to develop more precise and less painful surgery for children.

In addition to the clinical robotic system, Children’s National will also add a robot for training and research, which will be housed in the bioengineering laboratory at the Sheikh Zayed Institute. This research-based robot will be used to train more surgeons on the system and allow doctors and engineers to create new tools to use with it so they can perform additional procedures on other areas of the body.