Kitware nets NIH grant to improve biopsy using PET/CT

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Kitware has received a one-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling $228,458 to improve the clinical effectiveness of liver lesion biopsy using PET/CT imaging.

The project will extend the open-source image-guided surgery toolkit to enable the fusion of motion-corrected PET images with CT images for liver lesion biopsy, said the Clifton Park, N.Y.-based company.

Kitware is teaming up with Kevin R. Cleary, PhD, director and professor of the department for the imaging sciences and information systems in the department of radiology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., for development of some of the components and clinical evaluation of the system. The system will also enable future applications beyond biopsy, such as ablations and the delivery of other minimally invasive therapies, added Kitware.