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Unit information: Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Surgery (UWE) in 2019/20

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Unit name Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Surgery (UWE)
Unit code EMATM0040
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Dogramadzi
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

This module will provide you with:

  • a broad general knowledge of the current technology used within clinical work;
  • an interdisciplinary introduction to the engineering behind surgical technology, robotics and imaging;
  • experience in the methodology and principles of conducting research with application to clinical medicine and surgery.

You will learn:

  • Medical Robotics and Instrumentation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Surgical imaging and computer guided-interventions
  • Computer guided-interventions

Students' explorations of these topics will be supported by the use of tools such as LabView, Unity and Matlab.

The group research projects have been designed to teach some of the core experimental and computational skills required to complete the module.

The module objectives are:

  • to provide the participants with a broad general knowledge of the current technology used within clinical work;
  • to provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the engineering behind surgical technology, robotics and imaging;
  • to provide experience in the methodology and principles of conducting research with application to clinical medicine and surgery.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the students will understand:

  1. the principles and workings of medical robotics, imaging techniques and surgical technology in use in surgery;
  2. the main methods, interventions and applications in current surgical practice, including a basic knowledge of the anatomy concerned;
  3. device design and research methods, including data acquisition, testing, study design, statistics, clinical outcomes and interpretation;
  4. image-guided intervention techniques;

Teaching details

Sessions will include lectures and facilitated group work in practical sessions. The lectures are designed to cover the major areas of medical robotics and image guided intervention and should be a starting point for further reading and study, and for the group research project.

36 scheduled learning and teaching hours; 114 independent study hours

Assessment Details

The module will be assessed in two components. Component A contains one exams dealing with the material covered during the lectures/workshops. Component B comprises one coursework and one oral presentation dealing with the material covered in the group research project.

Component A (50%) consists of one assessment:

  1. An exam of two hours duration on the topics covered in the module. This examination will consist of short descriptive textual questions as well as problems, calculations and data interpretation questions, in common with typical exams in engineering and the physical sciences. The questions might require short textual answers and short essays with illustrations to describe the proposed solutions.

Component B (50%) consists of two assessments:

  1. An individual report of not more than 3000 words based upon practical work carried on during the group research project. The report will be structured as a scientific research paper

Second Assessment Opportunity

Students who fail either or both of Components A & B will have an opportunity to sit an exam and/or complete a report. Each of these assessments will cover all the material covered in the module.

If a student is permitted an EXCEPTIONAL RETAKE of the module the assessment will be that indicated by the Module Description at the time that retake commences.

Reading and References

A list of textbooks is reported in the next section. Students are encouraged to read widely, using textbooks but more importantly, journals for reviews and original articles. Most lectures are accompanied by handouts and a reading list. The library stocks a wide range of books and journals. A limited number of books are also available at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Students will be taught - and subsequently expected - to perform literature searches as most up-to-date information can only be obtained from journals. The following journals provide good review articles that may be useful for various aspects of the module: Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Transactions on Medical Imaging, International Journal of Computer-Assisted Radiology and Surgery, International Journal of Medical Robotics, Journal of Robotic Surgery, Proceedings of MICCAI, Proceedings of Hamlyn Symposium, Proceedings of ICRA, etc...

The following list is offered to provide validation panels/accrediting bodies with an indication of the type and level of information students may be expected to consult. As such, its currency may wane during the life span of the module specification. However, as indicated above, CURRENT advice on readings will be available via other more frequently updated mechanisms.

  • Surgical Robotics: Systems Applications and Visions - Rosen, Hannaford and Satava
  • Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery - Frantzides and Carlson
  • Introduction to Medical Imaging - Nadine Barrie Smith and Andrew Webb
  • Handbook of Medical Imaging: Processing and Analysis - Isaac Bankman
  • Image-Guided Interventions: Technology and Applications - Terry Peters and Kevin Clear

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