Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Dr. Aslı Okur Kuru

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Aslı Okur Kuru

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Johnson & Johnson MedTech
Medical Imaging Lead
Robotics & Digital Solutions

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Challenges in Deployment of Advanced Radioguided Surgery Solutions


Radioguided surgery is a well-established clinical discipline. However, the devices or systems are not necessarily optimized for the particular needs of the target clinical application. This thesis addresses several challenges associated with the deployment of new technologies or concepts for radioguided surgery in different clinical scenarios on the concrete example of Freehand SPECT, a novel 3D nuclear imaging and navigation system. This includes the analysis of the clinical workflow, definition of the supporting functions of the technology and its modification towards integrated applications.


Research Interests

  • Radioguided Surgery
  • Nuclear Imaging
  • Surgical Workflow
  • Intraoperative Usability
  • Medical Augmented Reality


  • 1996 - 2004
    Deutsche Schule Istanbul - Istanbul, Turkey


Student Projects


301 Moved Permanently



Intra-operative Human Computer Interaction and Usability Evaluations

Intra-operative Human Computer Interaction and Usability Evaluations

Computerized medical systems play a vital role in the operating room, yet surgeons often face challenges when interacting with these systems during surgery. In this project we are aiming at analyzing and understanding the Operating Room specific aspects which affect the end user experience. Beside operating room specific usability evaluation approaches in this project we also try to improve the preliminary intra-operative user interaction methodologies.
Advanced Robotics for Multi-Modal Interventional Imaging (RoBildOR)

Advanced Robotics for Multi-Modal Interventional Imaging (RoBildOR)

This project aims at developing advanced methods for robotic image acquisitions, enabling more flexible, patient- and process-specific functional and anatomical imaging with the operating theater. Using robotic manipulations, co-registered and dynamic imaging can be provided to the surgeon, allowing for optimal implementation of preoperative planning. In particular, this projects is the first one developing concepts for intraoperative SPECT-CT, and introduces intraoperative robotic Ultrasound imaging based on CT trajectory planning, enabling registration with angiographic data. With distinguished partners from Bavarian industry, this project has a fundamental contribution in developing safe, reliable, flexible, and multi-modal imaging technologies for the operating room of the future.
Freehand SPECT for Sentinel Lymph Node Localization

Freehand SPECT for Sentinel Lymph Node Localization

Nuclear medicine imaging modalities assist commonly in surgical guidance given their functional nature. However, when used in the operating room they present limitations. Pre-operative tomographic 3D imaging can only serve as a vague guidance intra-operatively, due to movement, deformation and changes in anatomy since the time of imaging, while standard intra-operative nuclear measurements are limited to 1D or (in some cases) 2D images with no depth information. To resolve this problem we propose the synchronized acquisition of position, orientation and readings of gamma probes intra-operatively to reconstruct a 3D activity volume. In contrast to conventional emission tomography, here, in a first proof-of-concept, the reconstruction succeeds without requiring symmetry in the positions and angles of acquisition, which allows greater flexibility and thus opens doors towards 3D intra-operative nuclear imaging.
In-PSMA Radioguided Surgery

In-PSMA Radioguided Surgery

With the advent of 68Ga-HBED-PSMA PET hybrid imaging techniques, even small and atypical localized metastatic lesions of prostate cancer can be visualized. However, these lesions might not be easy to localize intraoperatively. The aim of project is to evaluate intraoperative detection of metastatic lesions using a gamma probe and freehand SPECT after injection of radioactive-labelled PSMA-ligands in correlation with postoperative histological findings.

Title: Dr.
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Firstname: Aslı
Lastname: Okur Kuru
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Birthday: 1985/05/09
Nationality: Germany
Languages: English, German, Turkish
Groups: Surgical Workflow, Reconstruction, Medical Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Computer-Aided Surgery, Medical Augmented Reality, IFL
Expertise: Surgical Workflow, Medical Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Computer-Aided Surgery, Medical Augmented Reality
Position: Scientific Staff
Status: Alumni
Emailbefore: asli.okur
Alumniactivity: Johnson & Johnson
Defensedate: 4 December 2019
Thesistitle: Challenges in Deployment of Advanced Radioguided Surgery Solutions

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