Novotec Medical GmbH of Pforzheim at MEDICA 2021 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine
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Novotec Medical GmbH

Durlacher Str. 35, 75172 Pforzheim
Telephone +49 7231 1544830, +49 174 3377816
Fax +49 7231 1544848

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices
  • 01.01  Diagnostics
  • 01.01.13  Other diagnostic equipment

Other diagnostic equipment

  • 01  Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices
  • 01.02  Imaging supplies
  • 01.02.03  X-ray devices and accessories
  • 04  Physiotherapy / orthopaedic technology
  • 04.14  Training equipment

Training equipment

Our products

Product category: Training equipment

Galileo Med L

Functional principle of Galileo® Therapy
The principle of Galileo is based on the natural movement of human gait. Galileo's side-alternating motion is similar to a seesaw movement with variable amplitude and frequency, and therefore stimulates a movement pattern similar to human gait. The rapid movement of the training platform causes a tilting movement of the pelvis, just like when walking, but much more frequently. To compensate, the body responds with rhythmic muscle contractions, alternating between the left and right side of the body. From a frequency of about 10 hertz onwards these muscle contractions are not a conscious process but, rather, are a reflex. This stretch reflex activates the muscles in the legs, the stomach and the back right up into the trunk.

The number of stretch reflex contractions per second is determined by the adjustable training frequency. For example, if a training frequency of 25 hertz is selected, 25 cycles of contraction in flexor and extensor muscles occur per second. A training session of 3 minutes at 25 hertz therefore causes the same number of muscle contractions as walking a distance of 4,500 steps.

The vibrations generated by Galileo can be continuously varied in amplitude and frequency independent of body weight.

Frequency and amplitude
The frequency in Hertz (cycles per second) is set on the device and always chosen according to the training objective. Thus, low frequencies are used for mobilisation, intermediate frequencies to train muscle function and high frequencies to increase muscle performance.The amplitude, i.e. the deflection of the training platform upwards or downwards, is determined by the foot position. The farther the foot position from the centre of the plate, the more demanding the training is.

Simulation of human gait
Unlike other training platforms with a vertical (up and down) movement, the tilting movement of Galileo Therapy simulates human gait in a physiological way.

Only by this side-alternating movement during Galileo Therapy is the spine stimulated by a slight lateral tilt of the pelvis. On training platforms with a vertical movement, however, the spine is continually compressed.

The physiological stimulation of the spine by the side-alternating function of Galileo allows the back and abdominal muscles to be targeted. On training platforms with a vertical movement this is possible, but to a very limited extent only.

As humans we attempt to keep the head in a steady and upright position as the balance and visual systems function optimally only when in a state of rest. Due to the design of the machine, no significant vibrations are transferred to the head during Galileo Therapy because the training platform only simulates human gait. The body, therefore, is able to maintain a stable torso and head.
Because Galileo Therapy produces similar stimulus patterns used when walking, in addition to the basic muscle functions itself, the interaction between different muscle groups and their coordination, is developed perfectly resulting in an increase in muscle power. In the elderly especially, muscle power is the relevant factor in preventing falls that can cause hip and femoral fractures. Due to its low burden on the cardiovascular system Galileo Training is ideal for the elderly.

During Galileo Therapy the entire chain of muscles in the leg, and all the way up to the trunk, are targeted. Specific training on individual muscle groups can be achieved by simply altering body posture and tension.

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Product category: Other diagnostic equipment

Leonardo Mechanograph®

Leonardo Mechanography
Leonardo mechanography enables objective automatic motion analysis, performance analysis and fitness test. It allows early diagnosis of movement disorders, objective and reproducible assessment of muscular performance and flexibility as well as the documentation of changes.

Product examples

Leonardo Grip Force (GF) Leonardo GRFP Leonardo GRFP LT Leonardo Stair (SC A)

The main objective of Leonardo Mechanography is to provide efficient quantification of functional human motion based on physical parameters. Leonardo Mechanography analyses functional everyday movement patterns because results are highly reproducible across a large age group from children to the elderly. Leonardo Mechanography offers essential advantages for clinical use, allowing the simple quantification of peak force, peak power and left-right differences of movement patterns. It requires no additional complex measurement devices, no time consuming subject preparation and is easy to use and results are produced within minutes.

This concept offers essential advantages for clinical use: for one it allows the objective quantification of actual maximum forces, maximum power and left-right differences during physiological movements. But the method also very easy and very fast to apply in clinical use since no preparation of the subject or complex additional instruments are needed.

Fields of application
Leonardo Mechanography has been used in numerous international research projects. It has been used to characterize different patient cohorts as well as to document and to quantify effects of different interventions. It is for example one of the standard measurement techniques used for bed-rest studies of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Typical fields of application of Leonardo Mechanography:
Geriatrics: Fallrisk, Sarkopenia, Dynapenia, Frailty
Pediatrics: Performance diagnostics, documentation of therapy results
Diagnostics of muscle function
Performance diagnostics
Physiotherapy: Documentation of therapy effects
Athlete Sports: Performance diagnostics

Objektive measurement parameters
Human movement can be quantified objectively based on the physical parameters. Essential for quantification of the power output of the human body are: force, velocity and time. Leonardo Mechanography measures dynamic ground reaction forces and calculates the centre of mass related physical parameters including acceleration, velocity, energy, power, jumping height and stiffness or flexibility.

Measurement method
The variation of the ground reaction force (GRF) over time and space are measured. When two separated platforms for the left and the right leg are used side-differences (asymmetries) during symmetric physiological movements like jumping or chair-rising can be analysed. The acquired spatial resolution of the measured forces allows stabilometric analysis, for example, during various types of balance tests.

Reference Data
Contained reference data
Individual performance (anearobic peak power, Esslinger Fitness Index, EFI: W/kg body weight normalized to gender and age from 2 to 99 years)
Individual maximum voluntary force (MVF) per leg (reference data from 2 to 99 years)
Individual performance during chair rising test (CRT)
Maximum isometric grip force (MIGF)

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Product category: X-ray devices and accessories

pQCT - the third dimension in bone densitometry.

Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography - pQCT

With conventional area-projected bone densitometry techniques (DXA) bone strength cannot be determined adequately because they are lacking information about bone geometry.

With the pQCT technology bone strength with respect to bending, torsion, and compression can be calculated from bone's cross sectional geometry. In addition the results are given as physically correct density units in g/cm³, whereas area projected techniques give only g/cm². Therefore the density values from the pQCT are independent from bone size. This is especially important for measurements on children. With the pQCT technology cortical and trabecular bone can be analysed separately and bone changes can be diagnosed reliably.

Additional morphometric parameter like endosteal and periosteal perimeter and bone cross sectional area are accessible in vivo. pQCT measurements at tibia or radius are performed in a wide range in clinical routine. In paediatrics the advantages of pQCT are especially distinct. It is the only method that allows to differentiate bone growth from other processes. In preclinical research specialised ultra high resolution scanner rare used in many pharmacological studies.
Product examples
xCT 3000 Bone &
Muscle Bundle Stratec xCT 2000L Stratec xCT 3000 Stratec xCT
Research SA+
Relation between muscular demands and the resulting bone
But pQCT is even one step further than traditional methods: In addition to bone parameters it also quantifies muscle properties. This allows to quantify the relation between muscle and bone which is essential for the step from Osteoporosis diagnostics to diagnostics of Sarcopenia, Dynapenia and Frailty.

Essential for bone geometry and bone mass is the muscular demand on the bone. Julius Wolf postulated “bone geometry follows function” and Harold Frost specified the more detailed “Mechanostat” theorem. Therefore bone diagnostics must always be accompanied by a sufficient analysis of muscular properties and abilities. pQCT measurements (e.g. at 66% distal tibia) utilize this concept: it allows to quantify the relation between muscular demands and the resulting bone geometry and bone mass on the individual and site-specific level.

This combined analysis is essential to differentiate for example between a primary Osteoporosis and the effects of diuse or lack of mobility. According to Frosts Mechanostat both will result in loss of muscle mass. The difference can therefore not be found in the bone but in its combination with muscle properties and function. Therefore it is essential to quantify the site-specific relation between muscle and bone. In this context the cross-sectional area of the muscle can be used as a surrogate for peak muscular forces, one of the key osteo-anabol parameters. The examples on the right show on the top a healthy muscle-bone relation, in the middle a primary osteoporosis and on the bottom the long-term effects of a spinal cord injury (SCI).

In addition, newest research results show that especially for Sarcopenia, Dynapenia and Frailty the parameter of muscle density (specific property of muscle tissue) in addition to the muscle geometry is essential. The reason for this is currently considered to be mainly the inter- and intra-muscular fatty infiltration. pQCT allowing the combination of geometry and density measurement at an extremely low cost of radiation is therefore the diagnostic method of choice. To add even more details the pQCT based quantification of muscle and bone can be extended by the quantification of muscle function and performance based on the Leonardo Mechanography systems - for example using the complete pQCT Bone & Muscle Bundle.

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About us
Novotec Medical was founded 2001 and is based in Pforzheim, southern Germany. It is a TÜV-certified manufacturer of Galileo® Training devices, Galileo® Therapy devices and of Leonardo Mechanography® motion analysis systems.To ensure highest quality all products of the medical device manufacturer are developped and manufactured in Germany.Galileo Tarining and Therapy products celebrated their 25th anniversary.
The basis for the development of the different Galileo series was laid by the sister company Stratec Medizintechnik GmbH (a spin-off of the Stratec Elektronik GmbH, founded 1979). Stratec  develops, produces, and distributes world-wide peripheral quantitative computed tomography systems (Stratec pQCT) for muscle and bone analysis as well as xelerate® training systems for cognitive training & fitness.
For almost 35 years the consolidated companies collaborate closely with international research facilities. The realised results are continuously incorporated in our products. 

pQCT bone density and geometry, Leonardo mechanography and Galileo Therapie are building blocks of a holistic concept for diagnosis and therapy.

The portfolio of imaging, motion analysis and Galileo Therapy adds up to a holistic concept around the issue of neurology, muscle and bone, ranging from diagnosis to therapy.

In addition to the high scientific standards, the constant expansion of the indication list for the side alternating vibration therapy with Galileo is our priority. The manufacturer puts great emphasis on the differentiation of side alternating Galileo technology to products with different functionalities.

Galileo Training and xelerate - effective and effitient training methods for sports and fitness. 

Appart from medical application in therapy and diagnostics, the development and sales of training systems like Galileo Training and xelerate for teh fields of (pro)sports, fitness and wellness are another focus of the Novotec Medical GmbH.  

Novotec Medical has been project partner of ESA ( European Space Agency) in several projects e.g. for the evaluation of efficient training measures to avoid muscle and bone loss during space missions. Novotec Medical collaborates with other renowned research facilities worldwide like Charité Berlin, university clinic Cologne and ETH Zurich.

Company data

Number of employees 20-49
Foundation 2001
Area of business Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices