Partnering opportunity

System and device for positioning medical needles in radiation oncology techniques

Summary

A Spanish healthcare research institute has developed a system and device for positioning medical needles into body tissue with accurate control of both position and penetration depth. They are particularly applicable for use in brachytherapy and different radioactive sources into various different tissues.The institute would like to talk to companies interested in commercializing this radiation oncology technique, or in a research cooperation agreement to develop it.

Partner sought

Companies involved in the development of systems and devices for radiation oncology technics, such as brachytherapy

Description

A Spanish healthcare research institute has developed a system for inserting needles into a body controlling the position and penetration depth in radiation oncology technics. The device and system are particularly applicable for use in brachytherapy and different radioactive sources into various different tissues, such as breast tissue, prostate tissue and others The present technology is available to license. The research institute would like to talk to companies interested in commercializing this radiation oncology technic or in a research cooperation agreement to develop it. Cancer is often treated with a combination of therapies. One of these therapies is radiation therapy (radiotherapy). Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source is placed in the body-animal body in general at or next to the area requiring treatment. The radioactive source is placed using catheters or hollow needles, which are inserted within the body towards the target location. In order to insert needles within the body across the skin, template devices are conventionally used. Brachytherapy template devices typically include fixation means, such as a frame or one or more attachments, and a needle guiding component for guiding the needles into the body towards the target position. Here it is presented a guide plate having a plurality of apertures for inserting needles and a detection block permitting both the detection of the presence of needles inserted through the apertures and the penetration depth of each of the inserted needles. The detection block may be implemented by sensing means.

Advantages and innovations

The main competitive advantages of the system are: - The penetration depth of the needle may be measured as well as controlling in real time the needle position. - Illumination block implemented as an electro-optic system. - Dosimetry planning tool: selective illumination of LEDs to guide the medical staff during the needles’ insertion. - Informatics record of the intervention performed.

Development stage

Available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted


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