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London Universities help develop "virtual liver" technology
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Published on 10-01-12

Two London Universities have helped develop a "virtual liver" using EU research funding which could help reduce the capital's rising liver disease mortality rates.

Teams from Imperial and University College London collaborated with scientists and surgeons from Switzerland, Germany and France to develop the PASSPORT project (Patient-Specific Simulation and Pre-Operative Realistic Training), which will help surgeons better plan and carry out tumour operations and ensure quicker patient recovery.

    London Universities help develop "virtual liver" technology

    Liver disease in the capital rose by 23% between 2007 and 2008, higher than in any other part of the UK. Under current practices, less than 50% of patients undergo surgery. The PASSPORT project’s virtual liver could considerably increase this percentage.

    First results of the project clearly demonstrate the cost effectiveness and benefits of patient-specific surgical planning. The next step is making the software commercially available. This commercialisation will be a first step towards the routine clinical use of PASSPORT results.

    Using EU-research funding to help improve citizens’ lives, medical knowledge, and enable high-tech industries are among the goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

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