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hELP for Health: Providing safe and effective treatments for people with liver, pancreatic, and gallbladder disorders.

Healthcare Engineering for Liver and Pancreatic Cancer

Hepatobiliary Treatment at the Royal Free

The Royal Free Hospital is a major transplantation centre. In fact, it is one of only seven hospitals in the UK that performs liver transplants. In fact, the hospital performed the first UK liver transplant between a live adult donor and the patient. It remains one of the few UK hospitals to perform liver transplants involving live donors and also kidney transplants.

Brian Davidson - Consultant Surgeon

“Liver and pancreas disease are major healthcare problems in the UK and present enormous challenges to early diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.”

Image Credit: David Bishop

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Promoting minimally invasive approaches to treating diseases in the liver and pancreas in order to enhance post-surgical recovery and procedures in patient groups at risk of co-morbidity.

Engineering expertise in this area includes Image guided therapies and interventions, surgical robotics, computational endoscopic imaging and novel interventional imaging

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The Smart Liver Surgery system aims to provide augmented reality image overlays, showing the surgeon pre-operative CT data fused with live laparoscopic video.

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Ablation versus surgery for colorectal liver metastases. A clinical trial led by Royal Free Hospital (National Institute of Health Research HTA: 13/153/04)

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Treatment and Diagnosis

Providing safe and effective treatments for people with liver, pancreatic, and gallbladder disorders, including early and accurate diagnosis.

Engineering expertise in this area includes workflow analysis, simulation and skills training.

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Dr Kurinchi Gurusamy (Royal Free Hospital) is leading a James-Lind Alliance – Priority Setting Partnership to develop an effective treatment questionnaire for patients with non-alcohol related liver and gallbladder disorders.

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Evidence-based healthcare review for upper digestive tract disorders

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