Cristina Suarez-Mejias

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Exploiting the use-dependent plasticity of our neuromuscular system, neuro-rehabilitation therapies are devised to help patients that suffer from injuries or diseases in this system, such as those caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years of life (e.g. due to cerebral palsy or obstetric brachial plexus palsy). These therapies take(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether three-dimensional (3D) printed models can be used to improve interventional simulation and planning in patients with aortic arch hypoplasia. BACKGROUND Stenting of a hypoplastic transverse arch is technically challenging, and complications such as stent migration and partial obstruction of the origin of the head and neck(More)
PURPOSE To explore the use of three-dimensional patient-specific cardiovascular models using rapid prototyping techniques (fused deposition modelling) to improve surgical planning in patients with complex congenital heart disease. DESCRIPTION Rapid prototyping techniques are used to print accurate three-dimensional replicas of patients' cardiovascular(More)
Background A precise understanding of the anatomical structures of the heart and great vessels is essential for surgical planning in order to avoid unexpected findings. Rapid prototyping techniques are used to print three-dimensional (3D) replicas of patients’ cardiovascular anatomy based on 3D clinical images such as MRI. The purpose of this study is to(More)
An innovative algorithm has been developed for the segmentation of retroperitoneal tumors in 3D radiological images. This algorithm makes it possible for radiation oncologists and surgeons semiautomatically to select tumors for possible future radiation treatment and surgery. It is based on continuous convex relaxation methodology, the main novelty being(More)
Social robots have a great potential. With high movement capabilities and large computational capacity, they allow to perform varied tasks that were usually conducted by humans. One of these tasks are physical therapies, where a therapist guides a patient through the realisation of a set of exercises. A robot, equipped with a sophisticated artificial vision(More)
Memory rehabilitation and training is an important activity for patients with Acquired Brain Damage, including Cerebral Vascular Accident (stroke) and Traumatic Brain Injury patients. Although many interactive web-based and computer applications have been developed, the use of mobile devices apps has not been sufficiently studied from the point of view of(More)
In 2005, an application for surgical planning called AYRA $${\textregistered }$$ ® was designed and validated by different surgeons and engineers at the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Seville (Spain). However, the segmentation methods included in AYRA and in other surgical planning applications are not able to segment accurately tumors that appear in(More)
Clinical evidence demonstrates that BRCA 1 and BRCA2 mutations can develop a gynecological cancer but genetic testing has a high cost to the healthcare system. Besides, several studies in the literature indicate that performing these genetic tests to the population is not cost-efficient. Currently, our physicians do not have a system to provide them the(More)