The aim of this project is to develop integrated clinical systems
for computer-assisted support in ORL surgery. This involves new
registration techniques, innovative tissue engineering technologies
and smart instrumentation. Precise navigation, size reduction and
intra-operative feedback of sensor-equipped surgical instruments in
ORL are explored, and a miniature robot for the support of hearing aid
implantation is developed.
WP 1 - Cartilage Tissue Engineering for ORL Applications
Investigation of cartilage tissue engineering for reconstructive ORL
surgery aims at individual treatment planning and support, by
achieving an optimal process for the culture of individual cartilage
tissue. It determines the appropriate scaffold geometry and delivers
precise, tissue-engineered constructs to the surgical site.
WP 2 - Advanced Surgical Instrumentation for ORL and CMF Applications
Sensor-equipped surgical instruments which allow for the monitoring
loads and moments are developed. A first approach includes forceps to
close the noose of the prosthesis during a stapedectomy (surgical
procedure of the middle ear performed to improve hearing by removing
the stapes bone and replacing it with a micro prosthesis).
WP 3 - Image-based Registration Strategies and Integrated Clinical Systems for Computer-assisted Support in ORL Surgery
An autonomous drilling robot with breakthrough detection to perform
the cochleostomy (opening of the inner ear spaces of the cochlea) is
Last update on 2012-04-30.