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Medical Systems

Mechatronic systems for clinicians and patients.

Objective

Medical systems usually have multiple user interfaces and are therefor interesting from a technical point of view. Research at IMT focuses on minimally invasive systems for visceral and thoracic surgery as well as assistance systems for orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation. This explicitly includes the field of robotic human-machine interaction as well as diagnostics.

The goal is to harness physical principles for medical technology to improve the precision of operations, to save costs, or to improve the mobility of older people.

From an electromechanical point of view, applications in personalized and networked medical technology and telemedicine, therapeutic procedures, implantable medical devices, and biomechanics in the field of prosthetics are particularly interesting. Other issues such as user acceptance, cognitive requirements, and haptics are covered by research collaborations.

Central Research Questions

With a combination of sensors, actuators, and tissue interaction for integrated diagnostics and therapy:

  • we analyse mechanical, dielectric, and biological / chemical tissue properties and
  • build active and combined instruments.

Advanced 3D printing methods are used to investigate which additional functions can be integrated into plastic components. This includes, for example, the management of electricity and light, integrated drives and sensors or structures that can adapt to changing conditions in the body.

Another goal is intelligent disposable parts, which can be produced inexpensively and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

Development and characterization of analysis systems for OR and outpatient care:

  • Develop and integrate systems for diagnostics and monitoring
  • Connect diagnosis and therapy systems

Development of systems with bidirectional user interface for telepresence and telemanipulation:

  • Design and use (micro) manipulators and input devices
  • Design and characterize assistance systems
  • Develop haptic feedback systems and test them in practice
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