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The XVth International Conference on Electrical Bio-Impedance, Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany

ESR Report by Matej Kranjc, Early-Stage Researcher

Period of mission: from 22/04/2013 to 25/04/2013

Home institution: University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Host institution: The XVth International Conference on Electrical Bio-Impedance, Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany

From 22nd to 25th April 2013 I attended the XV International Conference on Electrical Bio-Impedance for which I received an ESR Conference Grant from COST. The conference took place in the little town called Heilbad Heiligenstadt situated in the middle of Germany. The conference provided important platform for investigators in all aspects of biomedical applications of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) to engage in common areas of interest, whilst also allowed an opportunity for the community to broaden its outlook in the clinical applications and new technologies associated with this area of research. The conference program was focused on the medical applications of electrical impedance tomography, magnetic induction tomography, and magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography. I was able to learn on latest results and obtained state-of-the-art knowledge on new technologies associated with this area of research from leading experts in the field. I had a presentation entitled Magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography for determining electric field distribution during electroporation where I explained theoretical background of proposed method and showed experimental results on monitoring electric field distribution during electroporation of agar phantom and ex vivo liver tissue. I showed that MREIT would confirm delivery of sufficiently high electric field in the whole treated tissue and thus enable detection of areas with insufficient electric field coverage during electroporation based treatments like electrochemotherapy and nonthermal irreversible electroporation ablation. In future, this essential near real time information could thus be used to improve the electroporation treatment by setting higher amplitude of electric pulses, changing their duration or number or by electrode repositioning, thus assuring to cover sub treated areas of target tissue and increase effectiveness of electroporation based clinical procedures.


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