When research, medicine and high tech work together in Rennes
Imagine, in this hybrid operating theatre, surgeons, physicians and engineers surrounded by control screens, using enhanced and roboticised reality systems, enabling interventions that are even more accurate and safe. At the Signal and Image Processing Laboratory (University of Rennes 1 / Inserm), researchers, engineers and doctors at the Rennes CHU Cardio-pneumological Centre have been working together to bring the TherA-Image platform into existence.
They have designed and implemented interventional cardiology and mini-invasive surgery techniques, using image-guidance and computer-assistance through the TherA-Image platform. These procedures are designed to reduce to a minimum the time taken for the intervention and trauma from the operation. This means that the frailest patients will be able to have access to these innovative medical techniques that are designed to improve post-operative and the prognosis thanks to instruments and skills that are unique in Europe.
TherA-Image is a hybrid operating theatre, used for both patient care and de research in the field of health technology. It is a medico-technical platform located at the interface between the Rennes University Hospital, the University of Rennes 1, INSERM and the medical industry. It is here that computerised approaches are devised and deployed for planning interventions, assistance with operating procedures and assessment of these procedures.
Treating cardiac insufficiency through resynchronisation therapy /©L. Després
This combination of equipment and skills in the same operating theatre in Rennes is unique in Europe. It is the result of a convergence of views that originated long ago in the LTSI multidisciplinary teams, that included doctors, researchers and engineers, and a solid partnership has been formed for the long-term, including industry leaders in their own field of interest.
©Replacing the thoracic aorta
Today, TherA-Image makes it possible to explore new approaches to cardiovascular treatment, in order to:
Simplified dynamic 3D modelling of the Théra-Image room/©LTSI
TherA-Image is an instrument that has caused a major development in medical research and the occupational culture associated therewith, making it possible to design, deploy and assess the surgical interventions of tomorrow, to the benefit of the patient.
TherA-Image is financed through the State-Region Project Contract 2007-2013 in an amount of €5.2 million and has received support from the European Union (FEDER: €1.7 million), and the State (€2 million), the Brittany Region (€370,000), the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine (€640,000) and from Rennes Métropole (€526,000).
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