Once again, ICCAS scientists participated in an EU-wide civil protection exercise (MODEX) and could test the electronic patient file developed at ICCAS under real conditions. This time, the mission led to Tallinn (Estonia). The scenario was a meteorite impact with an accompanying flash flood. Three European emergency teams trained the cooperation to save many lives.
In the television report “Dr. Digital – Der mitdenkende OP”, health tv reports about the research backgrounds of ICCAS’s operating theatre from the user’s and developer’s perspective. The Cologne health channel addresses a broad audience with the topics health, nutrition, well-being and medicine. (video only in German)
On April 10, the newly developed standard “Service-Oriented Device Connectivity” (SDC) was celebrated at the OR.NET booth at the DMEA in Berlin. At two demonstrator stations, the partners showed the dynamically networked operating room with devices from different manufacturers. Numerous guests followed the invitation and had the new possibilities of the standard explained.
Info on SDC
At the beginning of April, the kick-off meetings of the two new BMBF-founded joint projects MR-Stents and MR-Thrombosis-Theragnostics took place. On this occasion, the project partners met at the premises of the EPflex Feinwerktechnik GmbH in Dettingen / Erms. Aim of the joint project MR-Stents is the worldwide first Magnetic Resonance (MR)-guided stent implantation. In the joint project MR-Thrombosis-Theragnostics the worldwide first Magnetic Resonance (MR)–guided diagnosis and minimially-invasive therapy will be developed.
On 28 March, Prof. Andreas Melzer opened the 49th Congress of the German Society for Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques e.V. together with other DGE-BV advisory board and board members in Stuttgart. In addition, he held an invited lecture on “Artificial intelligence and machine learning in the operating theatre of the future”. Dr. Claire Chalopin gave another invited lecture on “Supervised tissue discrimination during thyroid and parathyroid surgery based on hyperspectral imaging”. Another contribution by Richard Bieck dealt with the topic “Cognitive situation awareness for intelligent navigation assistance in minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery “.
Early practice for those who want to find their dream job. On March 28, 12 girls of the 8th and 9th grades visited stations of the University Medicine in order to especially experience professions in medical informatics. At the ICCAS, the schoolgirls could try out for themselves what the women scientists are currently researching in medical technology. They were able to simulate a heart muscle biopsy on a 3D heart model. In addition, a robot arm was controlled for a minimally invasive procedure. At a third station, the girls could use a thermal imaging camera to find out the different temperature of their facial skin.
Group leader Dr. Claire Chalopin is participant at the 136th Congress of the German Surgery Society in Munich. Her lecture topic in the session “Imaging” will be “Machine-learning methods for tissue classification in hyperspectral imaging”.
Leipzig University invited regional companies and municipalities to the FMT-TransferMeeting at ICCAS
In the afternoon of March 5, Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk, Prorector for Development and Transfer at Leipzig University and the Leipzig Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited to the Future Med Technologies (FMT)-TransferMeeting at ICCAS. In front of representatives of regional companies, local municiplaities and science, he emphazised that the bridge between science and industry is already lived par excellence at ICCAS. The guests gathered to explore the ICCAS projects and common interests.
Current research projects were presented in live demos. They ranged from software solutions such as the digital patient and therapy decision model over transfer projects such as the joint project IMPACT for the development of a mobile system for lung function diagnostics to comprehensive digital assistants in the operating room of the future. Other exhibits included multimodal intraoperative imaging procedures, medical robotics and computer-assisted image-guided interventions. At the subsequent get-together a lively exchange took place and contacts were made.
On March 5, ICCAS hosted the doctoral workshop “Future Med Technologies” (FMT) on the medical campus with the support of the Economic Development Corporation of Leipzig City. The workshop addressed on the one hand companies of the region, who introduced themselves with their products and job offers, and on the other hand the PhD students, who presented their current research topics and innovative approaches in the field of medical- and biotechnology. The network event was also accompanied by the Department for Research and Transfer Services and the Carrier Center of Leipzig University and the start-up initiative Smile.
The Economic Development Corporation awarded a prize for the best presentation to Juliane Neumann (ICCAS) for her work on optimizing work processes in operating rooms. Hannes Köhler (ICCAS) and Max Böhme (HTWK) were awarded the second places.