Research Innovation

Research Innovation Diagram

CASIT engages in multidisciplinary research projects involving collaborators from across the UCLA campus including from the Departments of Surgery, Urology, Pathology, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering and Radiological Sciences. The goal of these endeavors is to advance healthcare technology and ultimately improve clinical outcomes through the development of novel interventional devices, diagnostic techniques and surgical simulators. Many of these projects involve research collaborations with industry partners and we are always open to discussing potential new research avenues.

Active Projects

  1. Magnetic Resonance – Ultrasound Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy
  2. Focal Laser Ablation of Prostate Cancer
  3. High Resolution Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
  4. Haptic Feedback in Robotic Surgery
  5. Transoral Robotic Surgery Training Platform
  6. Automated Tissue Characterization During Robotic Surgery
  7. Virtual Tissue Modeling for Realtime Surgical and Interventional Procedure Simulation
  8. Dynamic Optical Contrast Imaging

Previous Projects

  1. Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Transcranial Neuromodulation
  2. Vibroacoustography for Head and Neck Cancer Margin Detection
  3. Tactile Feedback for Prostheses and Sensory Neuropathy
  4. Reflective terahertz Medical Imaging Systems
  5. Laser-Generated Shockwaves for Treatment of Infected Wounds
  6. Ultrasound-Guided Procedural Training
  7. Bariatric Clinical Research
  8. Motion Scaling
  9. Surgical Simulations Involving Elastic Cardiac Geometries
  10. Rapid Transition Polymer for Temporary Vascular Occlusion During Segmental Liver Resection
  11. Developing and Testing Thin Film Nitinol Low-Profile Devices for use in Vascular Repair
  12. Flexible 3D ultrasound technology for diagnosis of injuries and intra-operative guidance
  13. Novel Telepresence Application Using Robotic Wireless System
  14. MEMS Sensors for In-vivo Patient Monitoring
  15. Haptic-Guided Telementoring Systems