MEDICA 2019: AI support for endovascular stroke therapy

Neural networks enable autonomous navigation of catheters

Research News / 4.11.2019

When a patient has a stroke, every minute counts. Here, prompt action can prevent serious brain damage. If a clot is blocking a large blood vessel in the brain, surgeons can remove this occlusion by means of a catheter inserted in the patient’s groin. However, this is a complicated procedure, requiring a lot of experience, and only a few specialists are capable of carrying it out. In new work, Fraunhofer researchers have been investigating whether artificial intelligence might be used to steer a catheter automatically and reliably to a blocked blood vessel. Initial tests with a simulation model and in the laboratory have been highly promising. The research team will be demonstrating this new technique on a blood vessel phantom at the MEDICA 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 18 to 21 (Hall 10, Booth G05).