March 1, 2017 saw the start of the industry collaboration project IMPACT. Funded by the BMBF German Ministry of Education and Research, it belongs to the new ICCAS research group Life Support Systems. The research group is headed by Dr. Andreas Reske from the Center for Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy at the Heinrich Braun Clinic in Zwickau.
Research is being conducted on a mobile 3D imaging system based on electrical impedance tomography (EIT). This non-invasive procedure is designed to provide doctors at the scene of an emergency with visual and functional information on the ventilation of the patient’s lungs, similar to an ECG of the heart. Data is acquired and transferred via an electrode belt attached to the patient’s chest. ICCAS is joined in this project by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at HTWK Leipzig University of Applied Sciences as well as the two commercial companies Fritz Stephan Medizintechnik GmbH and Gesellschaft für Intelligente Textile Produkte (ITP GmbH).
Their common goal is to develop a market-ready device certified under medical product legislation which substantially improves the monitoring of lung ventilation, particularly in intensive care and emergency medicine.