Background Reports 2021 -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Image: A diamond mounted in an apparatus is illuminated with a green laser; Copyright: Arne Wickenbrock, JGU

Arne Wickenbrock, JGU

Using quantum sensor technology to improve brain tumor operations

21/11/2022

Quantum technology on its way into society: Joint project DiaQNOS to develop quantum sensors to improve brain tumor surgery.
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Bild: Close-up coatings of different biopolymers applied to demonstrators of molybdenum pacing leads; Copyright: Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

Reduced risk after cardiac surgery thanks to resorbable pacing leads

09/11/2022

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden is developing resorbable pacing leads that can significantly reduce risk factors after cardiac surgery.
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Image: Gynecologist shows picture with uterus to young patient and explains features; Copyright: RossHelen

RossHelen

Easy-to-use-tool predicts risk of complications from hysterectomy

11/10/2022

Researchers have developed easy-to-use online prediction tools that provide personalized risk estimates for patients undergoing hysterectomy for benign disease.
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Image: Dipl.-Ing. Ronald Reich, Managing Director of NovaPump GmbH; Copyright: Fr. Nürnberger / Erfurt (Germany)

Fr. Nürnberger / Erfurt (Germany)

Research with heart saves human lives

04/10/2022

Researchers and entrepreneurs from Jena are winning hearts – literally. Together with the start-up NovaPump from Jena and the Jena University Hospital, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has developed innovative heart valves and pumps.
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Emelie Ljunggren

Prostate: High-volume surgeons no better at reducing postoperative incontinence

20/09/2022

In men who have had prostate cancer surgery, urinary incontinence is a common side effect. Its frequency varies from one surgeon to the next. In a major University of Gothenburg study, the number of surgeries performed by the urology surgeon made no difference to the patients’ incontinence risk. This surprised researchers.
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Image: Young male physiotherapist treats a woman's knee with guidance from an elderly therapist; Copyright: Jürgen Nobel / HS Gesundheit

Jürgen Nobel / HS Gesundheit

Anterior cruciate ligament tear: Is surgery always necessary?

08/09/2022

Review paper in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows: Non-surgical therapy leads to similar good results as early surgical reconstruction in anterior cruciate ligament tears.
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Image: Laboratory situation - Prof. Popp shows a young man a small object in his hand; Copyright: Leibniz-IPHT/Sven Döring

Leibniz-IPHT/Sven Döring

Tumor excision: triple imaging for unique diagnostics

08/08/2019

After their tumor has been removed, some patients have to return to the hospital to undergo surgery again. That's because the tumor was not precisely identified and was subsequently not completely removed. That's both an ethical and financial dilemma. A new surgery-adjacent procedure is designed to rapidly and accurately detect tumors.
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Image: A physician wearing VR glasses. An image of the human heart floats in front of him in the air; Copyright: apoQlar

apoQlar

Virtual Surgical Intelligence: Microsoft Hololens in the OR

22/07/2019

Modern imaging opens news doors to surgeries. Yet it also poses major problems for surgeons: They use two-dimensional images to navigate through a three-dimensional surgical environment, while they continuously have to switch their focus back and forth between the images and the patient. Now help is on the way in the form of interactive 3D projections and mixed reality (MR).
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Capsix Robotics, Lyon

Healthy Living thanks to robotics – KUKA Innovation Award 2019

24/06/2019

Improving technology transfer from research to industry and driving robotics development - that's the idea behind the KUKA Innovation Award. This year’s topic is "Healthy Living". Applicants from around the world were tasked with creating a robot application for healthcare settings. Now, the finalists, who will showcase their innovations at the MEDICA 2019 trade fair have been selected.
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Medtronic

VISUALASE: epilepsy surgery with the laser catheter

11/06/2019

Epilepsy patients are currently treated with either medication or surgical options. The aim is to remove the distinct regions of the brain that cause epileptic seizures. Laser ablation for epilepsy is a new, catheter-based surgical procedure that is now also available in Europe, preventing patients from having to undergo open brain surgery.
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Image: close-up of a woman lying in an MRI device; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Craig Robinson

Brain mapping: preoperative planning with functional MRI

01/04/2019

A surgery already begins before the patient is lying on the operating table – namely with the planning. For example, if brain surgery is imminent, the brain must first be mapped. This makes the activity level of certain brain areas visible. Functional magnetic resonance imaging makes this possible.
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Image: Patient during an fMRI examination; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Chris De Silver

Functional imaging: what makes the brain tick?

01/04/2019

Our brain is the command center of our body. This is where all information and impressions are collected and converted into responses and movements. Modern imaging techniques offer physicians and researchers unique insights into the actions of the human central nervous system. The functional imaging technique allows them to watch our brain in action.
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