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Medical Technology Research Center Linz Campus

The Department of Medical Engineering (Medical Engineering) is a national and international R & D partner for the development and manufacture of medical devices. We cooperate with manufacturers and suppliers. New technologies for medical applications are also being researched and evaluated for health care facilities. The work is carried out according to the European state of the art (harmonized standards), fulfilling the essential requirements of medical devices according to MDD, AAIMDD and IVDD.

The following research areas and special laboratories are operated:

• ReSSL - Hybrid simulators for surgery
Real-time simulators for the training and training of doctors

The new research and development of hybrid surgical simulators is the aim of the new research group ReSSL (Research Group for Surgical Simulators Linz). Hybrid simulators represent a combination of model- and computer-based simulation systems and combine their advantages. Using a computer model, users can visualize morphological structures and physiological processes in detail. Physical anatomical patient models provide a realistic haptic for the trained surgeon, thus the advantages of the desired development. Navigation systems allow real-time detection of the position of instruments, implants and anatomical structures. Together with the 3D data of anatomical patient models and instruments, imaging is also possible without X-ray radiation using suitable algorithms. The objective is to evaluate and analyze the surgical procedure. In addition to measuring the mechanical stresses of critical anatomical structures - such as nerves - it is also possible to simulate bleeding.

• MotionLab Motion analysis
Investigate movement patterns and patterns for rehabilitation, health care and aging society

Movements are - properly executed - essential to stay healthy. Too little movement leads directly to weight problems, and an incorrect sitting position in the office usually ends with chronic back problems.
In our "Movement and Prosthetics Laboratory" we use state-of-the-art technical methods for quantitative movement detection. Not only expensive, high-precision sensors are used, but also technologies from the entertainment industry, such as the Nintendo Wii or the Microsoft Kinect. For the evaluation of the data we work closely with practicing therapists, physicians and with clinical researchers to optimize the clinical diagnosis as well as the therapy for movement disorders.

 • Prosthetics
Intelligent prostheses and neuro-coupling

The research area deals with the development of arm and leg prostheses, which give people with amputations as much mobility and independence as possible. The technical orientation of the research is divided into the areas of sensor technology (sensation with prostheses), motorics (control of the prostheses) and prosthesis attachment (securing the prostheses to the body). In order to restore motor functions, separated nerves are coupled to the prostheses and the interaction between the prosthesis and the human being is investigated using artificial neural networks. In order to improve the wearing comfort of the prostheses, attachment variants on the amputation stump are examined and the causes of the frequently stressful (weather-dependent) phantom and neuroma pain are imitated. The research is carried out with the intensive involvement of people with amputations with the aim of continuously evaluating research results on their practical usability and utilizing them in cooperation with the industry.

 • 3D / microscopy laboratory
High-resolution microscopy as a supplement to imaging methods in medicine
Research concentrates on methodological aspects
• Biomechanics,
• Biosignal analysis and processing,
• Biomedical microscopy (3D fluorescence, AFM, et al.),
• Miniaturized electronics, measurement technology and sensor technology,
• Modeling and simulation,
• Further development of standards for the production of medical software and medical IT systems.

Projects

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) - interaction of lipoprotein particles with cell membrane receptors

The development of cardiovascular diseases involves a large number of complex molecular biological processes. Among other things responsible for this are the...   more
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Birgit Plochberger
  • Medical Engineering

BF-Lipo-Shuttle: BF-Characterization and application of modified lipoprotein particles for the transfer of fat-soluble and medically relevant substances

Lipoproteins can be used as an effective shuttle for nutritional supplements (vitamins) because the phospholipid core is very well suited to contain many...   more
Participants: Weber | Tauscher | Lasinger
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Birgit Plochberger
  • Medical Engineering

TC-Einfluss von Glykosylierung und Membrankrümmung auf IgG-Effektorfunktionen

Besides their role in neutralization, antibodies mediate various functions of the immune system such as phagocytosis, cytotoxicity and maintenance of immune...   more
Participants: Strasser
  • Leiter: DI Dr. Johannes Preiner
  • Medical Engineering

TC-Sturztraining-Assessment

Information about movement in everyday life can be obtained either with inertial sensors, or through measurements of the pressure on the sole of the foot. In...   more
Participants: Salzmann
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. PD Dr. Thomas Haslwanter
  • Medical Engineering

Plattform für die Diagnostik von Biomarkern und Analyse der Wirkstoffdynamik

The aim of this project is to expand the infrastructural and methodological basis for novel diagnostics and drug development. Innovative biological models and...   more
Participants: Preiner | Mairhofer | Karner
  • Leiter: DI Dr. Johannes Preiner
  • Medical Engineering

Biophysical Characterization of Therapeutic Antibodies

Currently, there is an increased use of monoclonal antibodies in the context of the treatment of patients that suffer from cancer. In cooperation with a...   more
Participants: Strasser
  • Leiter: DI Dr. Johannes Preiner
  • Medical Engineering

TC-Exosom

Exosomes are nanoparticles that act as "transporters" between cells and even organs. By means of high-resolution fluorescence microscopy methods a highly...   more
Participants:
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Jaroslaw Jacak
  • Medical Engineering

FeeL - Feedback for Leg Protheses

In cooperation with our partners Otto-Bock and the Med-Uni Wien we investigate if sensory feedback for leg prothesis helps partners with amputations of the...   more
Participants:
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. PD Dr. Thomas Haslwanter
  • Medical Engineering

Czech-Austrian Center for Supracellular Medical Research (CAC-SuMeR)

Within the interregional project Czech-Austrian Center for Supracellular Medical Research funded by the European Union we established a new facility regarding...   more
Participants: Mayr | Buchroithner
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Jaroslaw Jacak
  • Medical Engineering

Transfer of miRNA from single HDL particles to cells

In cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, high-resolution microscopy techniques are used to...   more
Participants: Brodesser | Karner
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Birgit Plochberger
  • Medical Engineering

NeedleTutor

Medical education is characterized by a time and cost intensive interaction between medical experts and trainees. According to demography the number of cases...   more
Participants: Fürst
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Andreas Schrempf
  • Medical Engineering

Thrombotherm

Transfusion of platelets is used either prophylactic to reduce the risk of clinical threatening bleedings or therapeutic to treat acute life-threatening...   more
Participants: Mayr | Blasenbauer | Brodesser | Strohmeier
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Birgit Plochberger
  • Medical Engineering

FITREHAB

The FITREHAB projext will integrate and field test a new and innovative virtual reality based rehabilitation and training platform, which will allow patients...   more
Participants:
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. PD Dr. Thomas Haslwanter
  • Medical Engineering

MRH - Mechatronics based Rehabilitation at Home

The basic approach of this project is to investigate the increase of overall quality, efficiency and effectiveness of physiotherapy to be achievable by...   more
Participants:
  • Leiter: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Andreas Schrempf
  • Medical Engineering

 

Further projects

More projects in the area Medical Technology can be found here:
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