Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD of Darmstadt at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA Trade Fair
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Product category: Software for image processing and archiving, imaging, OCR, DTP, RIS, PACS

3D-ARILE: Augmented reality in operating rooms

Doctors are often confronted with the problem of identifying the precise location of lymph nodes affected by cancer. 3D-ARILE helps guide doctors to provide treatment: consisting of an augmented reality system for lymph node removal from cancer patients, it assists doctors in locating affected nodes using visual markings during operations. Before operating, doctors inject an infrared dye into the patient. This dye then accumulates in the affected nymph node, making it visible and ready for removal. The node is captured by the infrared camera and reconstructed in 3D. AR glasses then overlay the position of the lymph node as a virtual mark.

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Product category: Software for image processing and archiving, imaging, OCR, DTP, RIS, PACS

Interactive stratification: Learning effectively from treatment data

Doctors acquire a great deal of data treating patients on a daily basis. But how can they learn more effectively than they have done to date? Fraunhofer IGD interactive technologies use the course of diseases and patient and treatment data to provide more comprehensive analysis and form study cohorts. In addition to applications to treat prostate and breast cancers, automatic analysis of images from radiological studies is incorporated into VA4Radiomics technology and interlinked with patient data. It should be possible to predict what type of treatment is best to combat a patient's individual cancer in the future.

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Product category: Hospital information systems

Health@Hand: Acquire patient data at a glance

Compiling patient data is still a painstaking task. There has been a lack of good standards until now. Numerous medical engineering systems in hospitals are unable to communicate with one another. Many machines, such as X-ray generators, are not interlinked with medical technology infrastructures. As a result, their data do not enter the hospital information system. The digital Health@Hand brings all available data together automatically, analyzing them and presenting them in a clearly arranged visual format for all staff. Staff can then keep an eye on all patients at all times, taking action immediately should it become necessary.

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Product category: Hospital information systems

Health@Hand Analytics: Detection of anomalies based on multi-sensor data

Many systems for early detection of diseases are based on sensor data which vary greatly in quality. Moreover, many sensor systems are uncomfortable for patients to wear or need to be fitted and operated by an expert, as is the case with portable ECG devices. In Health@Hand Analytics, we show how interlinking simple, widely used inertial sensors and data analysis processes can be used to detect pathological health conditions at an early stage. Anomalies are identified in recorded vital signs data and presented in a clearly arranged visual format.

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Nov 9, 2017

3D-ARILE: Augmented reality in operating rooms

(Darmstadt) Doctors have long been confronted with the problem of identifying the precise location of lymph nodes affected by cancer. Researchers at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt are now presenting a technology which assists doctors in locating such nodes during operations.

Despite recent advances in medicine, many operations are still very difficult to perform and entail risks. Doctors need to demonstrate great skill in the operating room since they are limited to estimating the exact location of organs, blood vessels and diseased tissue during surgical intervention. Together with partners, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Darmstadt have now come up with a technology which helps guide doctors during operations.
 
Assisted by augmented reality (AR) during operations

The researchers have developed an innovative augmented reality system for lymph node removal from cancer patients as part of their 3D-ARILE project, funded by the ZIM program, the German central innovation program for SMEs. “Augmented reality assists doctors by providing visual markings during operations. AR glasses overlay the position of the lymph node as a virtual mark,” explains Dr. Stefan Wesarg, Head of Competence Center „Visual Healthcare Technologies“ at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt. “The technology helps to guide the doctor, indicating where they need to make an incision and ensuring they have excised everything that they need to.” Before operating, doctors inject an infrared dye into the patient. This dye then accumulates in the affected nymph node, making it visible and ready for removal. The node is then captured by the infrared camera and reconstructed in 3D. Fraunhofer IGD scientists provided the software required to generate the 3D image.

Advantages for patients

This new system not only helps doctors, but also offers advantages for patients. Indocyanine green (ICG) dye is now used instead of the radioactive detector substance administered previously. Less harmful to the human body, this dye also presents a good alternative when used in combination with an infrared camera and AR glasses. It enables doctors to mark affected lymph nodes and remove them completely.
 
Fraunhofer IGD is working on the 3D-ARILE project in cooperation with Trivisio Prototyping GmbH and the Clinic for Dermatology at Essen University Hospital.

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Nov 9, 2017

Health@Hand: Acquire patient data at a glance

Compiling patient data is still a painstaking task. The digital Health@Hand brings all available data together automatically, analyzing them and presenting them in a visual format. Staff can then keep an eye on all patients at all times and take action immediately should it become necessary. Researchers will be showcasing this system at the MEDICA (Booth G05, Hall 10) in Düsseldorf between November 13 and 16, 2017. 

Time is being called on long searches. Digital patient records are set to contain all patient data in the future. But there is a catch: until now, there have been no fitting standards in relation to this need. There are still many hurdles that need to be cleared from a technical standpoint. Numerous systems are unable to communicate with one another, for example. It's almost as if they spoke a different language. Many machines, such as X-ray generators, are not interlinked with medical technology infrastructure either. This means nurses, doctors and car staff need to hurry from room to room to collect the patient data that they require.

Bringing data together centrally

Staff will no longer need to rush in the future. Doctors, nurses, and care home staff will simply look at a central multi-touch table or a tablet to view all patient data at a glance. This is all possible thanks to the Health@Hand control center, which researchers developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock. “Health@Hand integrates all different systems for the first time, merging all data and presenting them in easy-to-understand visual formats,” says Dr. Mario Aehnelt, scientist at Fraunhofer IGD. “The system is tailor-made for personalized medicine, which is centered on an individual's data.” All patients have their own, specific preexisting conditions and respond differently to the drugs that they are prescribed.

All relevant data from a hospital ward or care facility are united in a clearly arranged visual format for staff. Virtual mapping of an entire hospital ward on a multi-touch table makes it quick and easy to schedule and keep track of treatment appointments, drug administration and more mundane items such as cleaning intervals and staffing levels. Decisions are simplified, work made easier. The Fraunhofer researchers are convinced that this system can handle necessary administrative and handover tasks in wards significantly faster and more smoothly. The time saved can only benefit patients. “Health@Hand not only helps to keep track of things; it also offers advantages for patients,” says Aehnelt. “Nursing staff have more freedom to take a more individual approach to needs.”

Automatic health data analysis and preparation

Health@Hand also offers another advantage: it not only brings data together at a central point, but also analyzes and processes them automatically. “Whereas preceding systems were designed to document and function without interpreting data, Health@Hand also focuses on the analysis of data,” explains Aehnelt. The system interlinks different data, thus providing completely new scope for information. Trends in patient health can be detected earlier and prognoses for patient health made more rapidly. Even activity and vital function data from wearables such as fitness wristbands and smartwatches can be included in the Health@Hand system. Fitness thus forms part of a medical context.

Health@Hand is being showcased at Booth G05, Hall 10 at MEDICA in Düsseldorf between November 13 and 16, 2017.

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Nov 9, 2017

VA4Radiomics: Gaining actionable insights from patient data

(Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) The analysis of patient data forms the basis for personalized medicine. At MEDICA 2017, Fraunhofer IGD researchers will be presenting a method that leverages the experience of medical practitioners, image radiometrics and general patient data for improved decision-making.

If a physician is in a position to compare several similar cases, they are better placed to decide on the best treatment for the individual patient. However, investigating patient cohorts to identify significant similarities and differences is extremely time-consuming. VA4Radiomics, a software solution developed by researchers at the Information Visualization and Visual Analytics Department at Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, enhances and streamlines this process.

Radiomics – a portmanteau word that blends radiology and genomics – refers to the analysis of quantitative image features in large medical databases. It enables statistics-based conclusions to be drawn on tissue characteristics, disease progression and diagnoses using radiological image data.

VA4Radiomics derives information from radiological image data, and then relates this knowledge back to the corresponding patient data. This allows the generation of patient cohorts and the visualization of individual patient attributes. These, in turn, serve medical professionals as a basis for comparison with regard to diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

A further advantage is that physicians can, theoretically, include patients they have never seen in person – for example, where the condition in question is extremely rare. Patients can be selected not just by age or gender, but by any attribute extracted from the image data.

The aim of visual analytics methods of this kind is to help medical professionals present clinical, radiological and pathalogical data in a way that generates actionable insights. As Prof. Jörn Kohlhammer, Head of the Information Visualization and Visual Analytics Department at

Fraunhofer IGD, explains, “Going forward, the goal is to predict which treatment method will achieve the best outcomes for the individual patient. We are currently trialing our technology with clinical partners in Germany, with the intention of helping medical practitioners to learn more from clinical data.”

Jörn Kohlhammer and his team will be presenting their most recent research findings from the VA4Radiomics project at the joint Fraunhofer booth at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 13 to 16 (Hall 10, Stand G05).

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Founded 30 years ago, Fraunhofer IGD has become the world's leading institution for applied research in the field of visual computing. Visual computing means image and model-based IT. In simple terms, it describes the capability of transforming information into images (computer graphics) and extracting information from images (computer vision). The numerous application scenarios include human/machine interaction, interactive simulation, and modeling situations.

Our developers at the sites in Darmstadt, Rostock, Graz, and Singapore develop new technical solutions and prototypes all the way up to the market readiness stage. In collaboration with our partners, this results in application solutions that are custom-tailored to customer requirements.

Our approaches facilitate the work with computers and are efficiently used in the industry, in everyday life, and in the healthcare sector. Our research highlights includes assisting people in the Industry 4.0, the development of key technologies for the Smart City, and the use of digital solutions in the field of Individual Health.

Through applied research, we support the strategic development of the industry and economy. Especially small and medium-sized enterprises as well as service centers can benefit from this and be successful on the market with the help of our leading technologies.

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