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Design of an Ultrasound-Navigated Prostate Cancer Biopsy System for Nationwide Implementation in Senegal

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School of Computing, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 2N8, Canada
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Department of Medical Biophysics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7, Canada
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology, 2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
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Departamento de Señales y Comunicaciones, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35001 Las Palmas, Spain
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Department of Urology, Hôpital Aristide Le Dantec, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar 10700, Senegal
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Department of Urology, Ouakam Military Hospital, Dakar BP 5321, Senegal
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Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Academic Editors: Terry Peters and Elvis C. S. Chen
J. Imaging 2021, 7(8), 154; https://doi.org/10.3390/jimaging7080154
Received: 27 June 2021 / Revised: 4 August 2021 / Accepted: 7 August 2021 / Published: 20 August 2021
This paper presents the design of NaviPBx, an ultrasound-navigated prostate cancer biopsy system. NaviPBx is designed to support an affordable and sustainable national healthcare program in Senegal. It uses spatiotemporal navigation and multiparametric transrectal ultrasound to guide biopsies. NaviPBx integrates concepts and methods that have been independently validated previously in clinical feasibility studies and deploys them together in a practical prostate cancer biopsy system. NaviPBx is based entirely on free open-source software and will be shared as a free open-source program with no restriction on its use. NaviPBx is set to be deployed and sustained nationwide through the Senegalese Military Health Service. This paper reports on the results of the design process of NaviPBx. Our approach concentrates on “frugal technology”, intended to be affordable for low–middle income (LMIC) countries. Our project promises the wide-scale application of prostate biopsy and will foster time-efficient development and programmatic implementation of ultrasound-guided diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in Senegal and beyond. View Full-Text
Keywords: prostate cancer; biopsy; ultrasound; Africa; frugal technology prostate cancer; biopsy; ultrasound; Africa; frugal technology
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Fichtinger, G.; Mousavi, P.; Ungi, T.; Fenster, A.; Abolmaesumi, P.; Kronreif, G.; Ruiz-Alzola, J.; Ndoye, A.; Diao, B.; Kikinis, R. Design of an Ultrasound-Navigated Prostate Cancer Biopsy System for Nationwide Implementation in Senegal. J. Imaging 2021, 7, 154. https://doi.org/10.3390/jimaging7080154

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Fichtinger G, Mousavi P, Ungi T, Fenster A, Abolmaesumi P, Kronreif G, Ruiz-Alzola J, Ndoye A, Diao B, Kikinis R. Design of an Ultrasound-Navigated Prostate Cancer Biopsy System for Nationwide Implementation in Senegal. Journal of Imaging. 2021; 7(8):154. https://doi.org/10.3390/jimaging7080154

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Fichtinger, Gabor, Parvin Mousavi, Tamas Ungi, Aaron Fenster, Purang Abolmaesumi, Gernot Kronreif, Juan Ruiz-Alzola, Alain Ndoye, Babacar Diao, and Ron Kikinis. 2021. "Design of an Ultrasound-Navigated Prostate Cancer Biopsy System for Nationwide Implementation in Senegal" Journal of Imaging 7, no. 8: 154. https://doi.org/10.3390/jimaging7080154

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