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Laser triangulation in medicine (LASTRIM)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
7.00.00  Interdisciplinary research     

Code Science Field
T165  Technological sciences  Laser technology 

Code Science Field
2.11  Engineering and Technology  Other engineering and technologies 
3D metrology, body shape, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, pulmology, ortopedy, dermatology, nevrology
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (45)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11291  PhD Vane Antolič  Medical sciences  Researcher  2011 - 2014  344 
2.  11905  PhD Aleš Babnik  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2011  103 
3.  22345  MSc Matej Beltram  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  103 
4.  09756  PhD Boris Cencič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2011 - 2014  14 
5.  12098  Alojzij Cimerman  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
6.  21069  PhD Barbara Cvenkel  Medical sciences  Researcher  2011 - 2014  237 
7.  12756  PhD Dušan Čelan  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  168 
8.  17905  PhD Drago Dolinar  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  244 
9.  13674  PhD Brigita Drnovšek Olup  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  344 
10.  15710  PhD Matjaž Fležar  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2011 - 2014  556 
11.  15922  Tomaž Gašparič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
12.  30915  PhD Dejan Georgiev  Neurobiology  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  220 
13.  15894  PhD Uroš Golobič Ahčan  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2011 - 2014  603 
14.  29224  PhD Peter Gregorčič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2011 - 2012  266 
15.  30984  Tomaž Hafner  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2011 - 2014  35 
16.  26279  Rudi Janežič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
17.  23189  PhD Breda Jesenšek Papež  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  298 
18.  21238  PhD Matija Jezeršek  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2013 - 2014  379 
19.  19776  PhD Nada Kecelj  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Researcher  2011 - 2014  189 
20.  30909  PhD Lovro Kuščer  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2011 - 2013  26 
21.  09757  PhD Matjaž Lukač  Physics  Researcher  2011 - 2014  184 
22.  23402  PhD Blaž Mavčič  Medical sciences  Researcher  2012 - 2014  237 
23.  10679  MSc Bernard Meglič  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  135 
24.  01649  PhD Janez Možina  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Head  2011 - 2014  641 
25.  17671  Lidija Ocepek    Technical associate  2011 - 2014  53 
26.  26526  PhD Miroslav Palfy  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2011 - 2014  46 
27.  32621  Rok Pavlič  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2011 - 2012 
28.  27660  PhD Tadej Perhavec  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2011 - 2014  23 
29.  05380  PhD Zvezdan Pirtošek  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  751 
30.  19778  PhD Tanja Planinšek Ručigaj  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  1,306 
31.  19211  PhD Borut Pompe  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  72 
32.  33892  PhD Klemen Povšič  Systems and cybernetics  Technical associate  2011  19 
33.  26333  Ingrid Rahne  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  32 
34.  22351  Andrej Repež  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2011 - 2014  29 
35.  30374  Janez Toni  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2011 - 2014  77 
36.  12094  Miro Treven  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
37.  15442  PhD Maja Trošt  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  465 
38.  05338  PhD Zmago Turk  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  1,096 
39.  12151  PhD Vilma Urbančič-Rovan  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Researcher  2011 - 2014  220 
40.  24669  Peter Zorman  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2011 - 2014  57 
41.  17907  PhD Oskar Zupanc  Medical sciences  Researcher  2011 - 2014  182 
42.  30073  Nina Zupančič Križnar  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  52 
43.  24453  PhD Janez Žabkar  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2011 - 2014  13 
44.  17693  Anka Žekš    Technical associate  2011 - 2014 
45.  33934  Katarina Živec  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2012  28 
Organisations (5)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0143  Fotona proizvodnja optoelektronskih naprav d.o.o. (Slovene)  Ljubljana  5045223000  897 
2.  0312  University Medical Centre Ljubljana  Ljubljana  5057272000  77,948 
3.  0334  University Medical Centre Maribor  Maribor  5054150000  23,104 
4.  0782  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering  Ljubljana  1627031  29,569 
5.  1613  University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases  Golnik  1190997  7,240 
In medicine, one of the enduring objectives of all parties involved: patients, medical personnel and insurance companies, is primarily to improve the effectiveness of treatment. It is therefore important to detect the earliest stage of disease symptoms and to objectively evaluate and store the corresponding data. Thus, three-dimensional body shape measurement using optical, non-invasive methods is gaining increasing importance. Within this interdisciplinary project we plan to develop new, innovative laser measurement techniques to detect the smallest change of shape and colour of the patient's body, replacing the subjective diagnostic methods with objective ones. The key objectives of the development are high precision, simultaneous capture of skin colour, the possibility to measure dynamic phenomena and simple and reliable operation. An important aim of the research is also immediate verification of the applicability of new methods in individual areas of medicine. For this purpose, the study will involve eight research groups from the fields of laser technology, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, respiratory medicine, dermatology, neurobiology, diabetology and ophthalomology. In cooperation the research teams will develop and apply medical tools and procedures that are innovative on the world scale, within the following topics: Research and development of laser triangulation systems 3D metrology of deformation and post-operative conditions in orthopaedics Reliable design and objective assessment of the results in plastic surgery Measurement of the shape variations of the chest during breathing 3D prediction of the healing of skin ulcers 3D laser method for measuring neurological movement disorders Laser supported measurement of the orbit shape in eye removal   A special breakthrough is expected in the area of earliest diagnosis, where new methods will complement the existing subjective approaches. On the basis of current experience in research and development of 3D laser measurement systems, we believe that the objectives of the project are entirely feasible. The project group is designed interdisciplinarily. It consists of proven high-level experts in specific fields. They have all cooperated with each other in the past, which is a further indication of the effectiveness of the proposed project.  The proposed research falls within the field of health and life sciences, ranked among the five priority fields by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. The importance of research is mainly in the generation of new knowledge in the field of medical diagnostics. Medical technology development is going in the direction of non-invasive data acquisition about the functioning of the human body and at the same time towards increasing the objectivness of the measurements. 3D laser metrology meets these two essential elements and is as such in the context of current developments in medical technology.
Significance for science
The research results, in relation to the prior state of the art, have improved in particular in terms of improved accuracy, speed and simplicity of the 3D measurement of the body. Furthermore, new algorithms have been developed for the analysis of alteration of the local shape of the body and the determination of the positions of physical feature. Original contributions to science on all relevant topics constitute the basis for the introduction of new methods of diagnosis and treatment of disease in clinical practice: a) through the establishment of a clinically useful 3D laser measurement system for the field of breast surgery and facial can be applied routinely accurate pre- and postoperative measurements and individual plan and adapt surgery. More comprehensive care of patients with breast cancer was reached. b) Improved principle of measuring the changing shape of the chest allows for more precise chest volume measurement during breathing and efficient breathing training based on visual feedback. c) Laser-assisted measuring the shape of the spine enables a new way of early detection and control of certain diseases of the spine. d) The results of the 3D measurement of skin wounds have enabled a more objective monitoring and understanding the healing of skin wounds. e) With development of optical methods for measuring the three-dimensional orientation of the head in relation to the torso, we introduced a more objective diagnosis and monitoring treatment effects torticollis. f) Diabetic foot can be measured with a 3D measuring device substantially more accurately and faster. A platform for mass customized footwear for patients with diabetes was developed. g) A study of bare and shod feet during walking enabled a development of a new model of calculating the fit of the foot in the shoe. The results provide an important basis for the development of an ergonomically better adapted footwear. The project results will in the future allow wider use of optical 3D measurement systems in medicine.
Significance for the country
The research in the field of laser triangulation has enabled general increase of knowledge in the field of 3D metrology. This knowledge is being already disseminated also into other sectors such as process control and monitoring of product quality through cooperation with industrial partners, through the modernized study process and through the master’s thesis of many students carry over. Second aspect of importance of the results is more precise consideration of patients through innovative diagnosis of disease. All studies were carefully planned by the medical experts, which devoted great emphasis to the practicality and usability. At the end of the project we have developed a family of three innovative 3D handheld measuring systems, covering high, medium and low measuring range. We thus respond to the needs of physicians and co-financier, company Fotona, who need systems for quick and simple measurement of both, the 3D shape, as well as the color of the surface. For a company Fotona is also of great importance that the project is related with a significant portion of the research to the problem, which is particularly interesting in terms of better planning and monitoring the effects of laser procedures. They will be able to develop and optimize laser medical treatments. At the same time there is a possibility of manufacturing and marketing of 3D laser measuring systems, which represents Fotona’s new niche market.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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