Focus on Minimally Invasive Procedures
New concepts for medical technology developed in ACMIT aim to serve as enabling factors for new and optimized ways for medical treatment with particular focus on minimally invasive procedures. Even if this technology already could reach the status of a “gold standard” for treatment of almost any pathology, there is still a high demand to further reduce invasiveness, e.g. by reduction of instrument size, reduction of surgical ports, or optimization of access routes towards the point of therapy in order to minimize traumatization of healthy tissue. One particular aspect regarding minimally invasive procedures is a personalized therapy. The basic idea here lies in the customization of treatment – with medical decisions and practices being tailored to the individual patient. As one important starting point, diagnostic testing is often employed for selecting appropriate and optimal therapies based on the context of a patient’s genetic content or other molecular or cellular analysis. Research in ACMIT will not only cover this point, but will also work out methods in order to adapt treatment accordingly, i.e. by introduction of treatment monitoring and adaptation based on sensory information and development of a methodology for patient specific medical tools using cutting edge Additive Manufacturing technology.
To reach the aforementioned goals, ACMIT research and development activities are structured into the following four research areas: