MeGI Karlsruhe


The Medical Group of the Institute for Process Control   and Robotics (MeGI) at the University of Karlsruhe is   doing research on various medical areas. The research   activities are focussed on surgical robots and   augmented reality. Specific topics as part of the   diagnostic and therapeutic workflow are imaging,   image processing, operation planning, medical robotics   and intraoperative visualization. Project funding   sources vary from the European Union, German   Ministery of Education and Research, German Science   Foundation, State of   Baden-Württemberg,   Foundations to medical technology companies.



robocastplanThe ROBOCAST project focuses on robot   assisted keyhole neurosurgery. This   surgery is carried out for several   interventions, from endoscopy to biopsy   and deep brain stimulation. Needles and   catheters are inserted into the brain   through the tiny hole for biopsy and   therapy, including, among others the   tasks of blood/fluid sampling, tissue   biopsy, cryogenic and electrolytic ablation, brachytherapy, deep brain stimulation (DBS), diagnostic imaging, and a number of other minimally invasive surgical procedures. Related pathologies are tumours, hydrocephalus, dystonia, essential tremor, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette Syndrome, clinical depression, phantom limb pain, cluster headache and epilepsy.

DFG - Growth Modelling

In this project a model of the growth of the human cranium is to be developed, with the objective of expanding the possibilities of surgeons for diagnoses, operation planning and treatment. For this purpose modelling and visualisation work needs to be undertaken. The propability for children to suffer from craniosynostosis is 1:1000. With this disease one or more cranial sutures are adhered provoking pathological growth of the cranium. In consequence the brain or the optic nerve can be damaged. Through being able to model the growth of healthy and unhealthy cranium, the surgeon is enabled to estimate whether an operation is indicated or not. At present the surgeon subjectively decides on the necessity of an operation. In addition, the growth process should be inverted in order to modelize the cranium back in time and re-modelize it assuming that the sutures are open as long as they should be. Thus an individual cranium of reference for operation planning can be generated, facilitating the aims of osteotomy through defining a designated postoperative appearance.

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News & Dates

CURAC Annual Conference 2018
13.- 15.09.2018, Leipzig


Nächste Veranstaltungen:

New Horizons: The Future of Medical Ultrasound
17.01. -18.01.2018, Charité, Berlin