Research Projects

Analysis, design and development of telemedicine network for remote areas in the Aegean and Cyprus
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Analysis, design and development of telemedicine network for remote areas in the Aegean and Cyprus
Design and development of telemedicine services to serve the needs of the inhabitants of the region, focusing on situations of emergency medical care. Services will be based on technologies that enable the collection and transmission of important diagnostic biosignals (ECG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, temperature), the collection and transmission of video signals or image sequences. Services include diagnosis, medical support in long distances and counseling services in remote medical units (ambulance, rural health centers, provincial doctors, etc.) by specialists at regional hospitals or medical centers.



Protection from non ionizing radiation of mobile communications
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Protection from non ionizing radiation of mobile communications
Partners: 
National Technical University of Athens (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering)
he project attempts to study the effects on the general population - with emphasis on children - due to non ionizing electromagnetic radiation of mobile terminal equipment and base stations of mobile communications and identify measures for their protection.



EMedIT
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East Mediterranean Cohesion on Information and Telecommunications (EMedIT)
EMedIT 's main objectives focus upon: i) providing a roadmap of transnational integration into a common framework regarding ICT in the EastMed (EM) region, ii) promoting support services including training to ICT regional authorities and public bodies on an equal basis, iii) discussing relevant ICT issues and iv) fostering the development of ICT, thus reducing the "digital divide" gap in the EastMed. Short term outcomes of EMedIT are the establishment of cooperation and networking between all EM actors involved in ICT and the provision of Support Services and Training Assistance to the regulatory institutions, telecom operators and other relevant bodies in 4 EM countries, while the long term outcomes are the eestablishment of a unified and coherent method of acting, thinking and policy-making on ICT in the region and thus establish concrete benefits for them as well as for the public they serve.



Simulation and modeling of complex biological processes in small animals
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Simulation and modeling of complex biological processes in small animals
Partners: 
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)- National Technical University of Athens, Computer Engineer, Head of Computer Engineering Section - Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana.
Small animal imaging is a very important research field in order to develop new radiopharmaceuticals for clinical application. Still clinical used devices are not optimised for small animal imaging, where very high spatial resolution and sensitivity is needed. A new generation of compact gamma cameras based on Position Sensitive Photomutiplier Tubes (PSPMTs) offer submillimeter resolution. These detectors are used in small animal imaging since the performance of such cameras meets the need of high resolution and high sensitivity. Such systems find clinical application as well. The most promising field for such a system is scintimammography, where metabolic information is necessary in order to discriminate benign from malicious tumors. Several parameters of imaging with PSPMTs can be studied and optimised, including crystals, collimators, data acquisition and signal and image analysis. ΑThe main objective of the proposed project is the optimization of a dedicated camera suitable for small animal imaging, which is hosted by the Greek part. In terms of this project the Greek and the Albanian team will collaborate in order to exchange knowledge in the field of detector development, crystal simulation and medical imaging. The optimised detector will be assessed using phantoms, small animals and possibly patients.



AMICA
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ΑΜΙCA: Assembling Data and Knowledge at the Point of Care To Improve Medical Decision Making And Prevent Errors



Monte-Carlo simulation of new generation, high resolution, small dimension positron emission tomography systems (small animal PET)
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Monte-Carlo simulation of new generation, high resolution, small dimension positron emission tomography systems (small animal PET)
Partners: 
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) - National Technical University of Athens, Polytechnic University of Madrid.
The aim of the proposed research work is the study, using Monte-Carlo simulation, of a new generation, high-resolution, small-dimension positron emission tomography systems suitable for small animal imaging (small animal PET) and potentially for the detection of small size breast tumours. Such small animal PET systems have been used experimentally for imaging of breast phantoms and lately clinical studies have shown that this technique can be used complementary to standard X-ray mammography, towards an accurate and early diagnosis of the disease, which plays a significant role in the design of the treatment plan and the treatment outcome. Monte-Carlo simulation is a tool that is widely used during the design steps. When the components of the system are described in detail, Monte-Carlo simulation takes into account the geometry, the characteristics, the physical properties of the materials and the possible interactions with incident photons and "predicts" systems response. Monte-Carlo simulations will be carried out using dedicated codes, simSET and GATE. The results of these studies will be used during the design steps of the detector systems in order to optimize their performance. The implementation of the simulation will be based on the GRID concept, using the EGEE platform (Enabling Grids for E-science in Europe), which is built on the GEANT EU research network, as it also occurs with the GATE platform.



Potential Health Implications from Mobile Communication Systems
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Potential Health Implications from Mobile Communication Systems
Partners: 
19 European countries
The main objective is to obtain a better understanding of possible health impacts of emerging technologies, especially related to communication and information technologies, that may result in exposure to electro-magnetic fields.



Solving the Inverse Scattering Problem - Applications in Medical Diagnosis
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Solving the Inverse Scattering Problem - Applications in Medical Diagnosis
Partners: 
Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Physics, National Technical University of Athens.
Development of algorithms for solving the inverse scattering problem in order to define the shape and the diffraction index of biological media. Development of computerized source-code for serial and parallel execution.



Rational Assessment of Health Effects Related to the Use of Mobile Phones
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Rational Assessment of Health Effects Related to the Use of Mobile Phones
Partners: 
Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
Formulation of standards for experimental and numerical procedures used to evaluate the exposure of human head in electromagnetic radiation of mobile phones. Design of mobile phone antennas and device structures in order to minimize human head exposure.



GALENOS
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GALENOS: Development of Virtual Simulation and Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology
Partners: 
Philips Hellas Medical Systems. Medical School, University of Athens. "Saint Savas" General District Anticancer Hospital of Athens. "Metaxa" General District Anticancer Hospital of Piraeus. Medical School, University of Patras.
Development of a system for virtual simulation and treatment planning in radiation oncology. Advanced digital image processing techniques have been applied to CT images. Additionally, tools for three-dimensional (3D) visualization of organs or selected regions of interest have been implemented. The system incorporates a database where patient data and relevant information can be stored and retrieved. The access in the database is permitted only to authorized users. The user-friendly interface makes the software handy and accessible to clinicians, while telematic components allow tele-collaboration with other clinics.



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