WPI gets $3M grant to test brain tumor treatment

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A team of researchers led by a Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor has received a five-year, $3 million award from the National Institutes of Health to test a minimally invasive way of treating brain tumors.

The team is led by Gregory Fischer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering who is also director of WPI’s Automation and Interventional Medicine Laboratory.

The system uses a robotic manipulator and real-time MRI images to guide a probe through a small opening in the cranium to the tumor. The probe would destroy the tumor by heating it with a high-intensity ultrasound.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/15m83gD ) reports that Fischer’s lab will develop the robotic manipulator for the probe, and Reinhold Ludwig, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI, will create specially designed MRI coils for the system.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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