The new BoIC lab: “Exciting with new technology”

Lena Larsson is head of the care unit for Skeletal Radiology at Sahlgrenska. Right in her clinical environment, a high-tech research laboratory for advanced medical technology is being built.

– Exciting with new technology and new methods of examination, says Lena Larsson.

The new biomedical engineering research laboratory is currently being built inside the Image and Intervention Center (BoIC) at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. The new lab is in the Department of Skeletal Radiology, one of the largest Radiological Musculoskeletal sections in the Nordic region, and head of the care unit is Lena Larsson.

How do you see the lab’s significance for Sahlgrenska and the activities within Radiology?

– It feels exciting with new technology and methods of examination and new challenges. The lab will be unique and first of its kind in Sweden, it’s fun and stimulating that it is being built here at Sahlgrenska, says Lena Larsson.

In what way do you think the lab will affect the clinic’s work and environment?

– I don’t think it will affect our regular operations that much. This is 36 square meters where research is conducted next to our other efforts.

How about getting an “island” for advanced medical technology research like this, in the middle of your clinical activities?

– Exciting! My staff will work side by side with academic researchers and we look forward to that, says Lena Larsson.

The lab is planned to be completed in August 2021, with an opening ceremony later in the fall.

Text and photo: Jonas Löfvendahl

Facts “Samverkanslabbet” – the new BoIC lab at Sahlgrenska

✅ The construction of the lab has evolved on intitiative by the MedTech West parties: Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University, University of Borås and the Region Västra Götaland, a jointly owned platform for regional research and innovative cooperation in advanced medical technology. In addition to the parties’ financing, the lab is part-financed by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth with support from the European Regional Development Fund.

✅ Located at the department of Radiology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital department in the new Image and Intervention Center (BoIC), Blå Stråket 5, Gothenburg. The work to develop sustainable management, complete and administratively integrate the lab in the hospital’s organization, is project managed by the Innovation Platform and Gothia Forum during 2021.

✅ Will provide unique opportunities to collaborate and conduct near-patient projects by researchers from clinics, academia and companies. The lab will help enable pioneering research and innovation related to medtech solutions in areas such as neuroscience, oncology, trauma, cardiology and psychiatry. For general questions, contact: Henrik Mindedal, Director MedTech West, henrik.mindedal@medtechwest.se, +46 708 888 445.