Key Research Priority - Medical Technology
Minimally-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic methods
Demographic change in conjunction with ever more efficient technologies coupled with increasing health costs demand increasingly individualised patient management. As a result, the need for complete diagnostic information and simultaneously more tolerable, high quality therapies is increasing.
The activities of the research priority are dedicated in particular to the following three core areas:
- imaging and image processing
- workflow and IT.
In bioanalysis, the emphasis is on efficient automation of processes, as well as the highly sensitive and specific detection of new biomarkers. In this connection, particularly in recent years, much work has been done in molecular diagnostics, for example for the early detection of cancer.
Nuclear medicine techniques or magnetic resonance tomography are already in the position today to capture physiological details and thus provide non-invasive information which until now could only be measured by taking (invasive) tissue samples. Moreover, medical imaging processes enable individual and adaptive therapeutic plans to be devised and interventions to be controlled in real time.
As the functionality and quality of medicinal products increases, so too do the complexity of their operation, the requirement for an efficient workflow and the need to interlink different devices and process ever-increasing quantities of data. Solutions for intuitive and safe use, for interlinking devices in the tightly organised, high-tech everyday clinical practice and the efficient processing and presentation of large quantities of data are the focus of our interest.
With the Faculty of Electrical and Industrial Engineering, a multitude of first-class laboratories, the introduction of the Biomedical Engineering degree programme and the founding of the Medical Technology network consisting of the university, regional hospitals and enterprises, Landshut University of Applied Sciences provides an excellent environment for applied research projects in the field of medical technology.