Medical Instruments & Bio-Inspired Technology
To conduct fundamental research on the mechanical interactions between instrument and biological systems with the aim to develop instruments that allow for local diagnosis and treatment by reaching all locations in the human body with minimal damage to the healthy surrounding tissue, and thereby significantly improving the quality and efficiency of medical interventions.
New medical technology can only reach its full potential if it is designed for the environment of its intended use. To truly facilitate progress in the domain of minimally invasive technology we study the complexity of interaction of our designs with biological systems, being either the patient or the health care professional. By using biology as a source of inspiration we come to fundamentally new approaches for the design of new medical instruments.
Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional TechniquesMISIT conducts research on tissue-instrument-human interaction with the goal to improve diagnostic and therapeutic performance during minimally invasive interventions. The focus is on the mechanical interaction with instruments and on the design of new instruments.
CoBraCoBra project aims to improve quality of both diagnosis and treatment of localized cancers, by developing a new medical robot prototype for brachytherapy and biopsy under guidance of MRI.
The overall objective of the project is to enhance the patient’s quality of life and reduce their cancer mortality. The prostate and other soft tissues will be the main localized cancers of interest in the Cobra project.