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VISE Fall Seminar – Raj Shekhar, PhD

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2019 in News.

VISE Fall Seminar
to be led by

Raj Shekhar, PhD, Principal Investigator,
Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation,
Children’s National Health System







Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, 12:25 p.m. start
Location: Stevenson Center 5326

Title:  Improved Visualization and Navigation for Image-Guided Interventions

Abstract:  Although image-guided interventions are practiced routinely, one of the current limitations is that the imaging modality used to guide the intervention may not provide an adequate and efficient visualization of the anatomy. An example of this limitation is percutaneous targeting of CT-occult tumors in interventional radiology procedures. Likewise, internal structures (vasculature, bile ducts, tumor, etc.) are not visualized in the real-time video of the surgical anatomy during laparoscopic procedures. A new level of precision, efficiency, and user experience is possible through improved visualization and navigation. This seminar will discuss research and development of multimodality visualization and navigation approaches and the use of wearable augmented reality headsets for interventional radiology, laparoscopic surgery, and ultrasound-guided anesthesiology procedures.

Short Bio:  Dr. Raj Shekhar, PhD, is a medical technology researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur. He is currently a principal investigator within the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. He is also a professor of Pediatrics and Radiology in the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His prior academic affiliations have been with the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He possesses two years of industry experience when he worked at Picker International (now Philips Healthcare). Dr. Shekhar is and has been the principal investigator on several NIH, DOD and foundation grants. He has published over 100 scientific papers and holds 12 granted US patents. He has founded two startups, IGI Technologies and AusculTech Dx, to commercialize his academic research.

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