SINTEF is a multidisciplinary R&D institute with 2200 employees, structured into six business areas and the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. SNF creates value through knowledge generation, research and innovation, and develop technological solutions that are brought into practical use. The participating department is Dept. of Medical Technology with more than 15 years of extensive experience in navigation technology, processing and visualisation of medical data (US, MR, CT), with a special focus on 3D ultrasound, as well as simulation and training in minimally invasive therapy related to R&D at the National Competence Services for Ultrasound and Image-Guided Therapy in Trondheim. The centre is a close collaboration between SINTEF, Trondheim University Hospital (St. Olavs Hospital) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The interdisciplinary research team has performed technological and clinical research, which has been published in international journals and has received several national and international awards. The team is internationally leading in ultrasound-based navigation and image guided therapy.
Dr. Thomas Langø, Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager (since 2002) for large national and EU projects on surgical navigation and ultrasound imaging, particularly with expertise in ultrasound-guided laparoscopic surgery. More than 40 papers and book chapters, a PhD in ultrasound-guided minimally invasive neurosurgery (2000), a PostDoc study on accuracy assessment of surgical navigation systems (2003). Furthermore he is member of the iSMIT (Int. Society for Medical Innovation and Technology) steering committee, the ISCAS (International Society for Computer Aided Surgery) board, and the Technology Committee of EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgery). He is supervising and co-supervising 5 PhDs incl. 2 ITN ESRs (IIIOS project) and has supervised 15 Master students (NTNU). SINTEF is also running several projects on simulation and training in ultrasound based interventions and laparoscopic surgical skills training using VR simulators including projects in validation and learning aspects.