Microsystems Technology: The Smaller, the Better

Photo: Neural brain sensor

Yesterday in hall 8a/G40 yesterday a series of lectures about microsystems technology took place. “This event shall introduce the latest developments in micro technology to the audience”, said Erik Jung from the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, who led the symposium. “Over the past ten years medical technology has been developing new, highly and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, which based on the progress in microtechnology.”

Microsystems technology shows many advantages, not only for the physicians but also for the patients. CT scanners can generate more scan lines per unit through the use of microsystems technology. Consequently, the quality of the resulting images is better and the scanning time is reduced. “The devices that are used in the human body, such as cochlear implants, have evolved enormously,” says Jung. “However, the stimulation of the inner ear is still the same but signal processing and energy technology rely on the technology of microsystems in order to make external receiver for the patients smaller and at the same time they have greater functionality. Even miniaturized stimulators for certain brain areas now offer to deactivate the dreaded tremor in patients with Parkinson’s disease and allow them to live a life in their own environment again.”

 
 

Photo: Micro camera

There is a wide application range of electronic microsystems. The product solutions are tailored to the specific application. Therefore they are difficult to classify. They are used in the inner ear hearing aids as implantable glucose or pressure sensors.

The future of electronic microsystems is promising: “Certainly, we can expect significant progress in neurological therapies”, said Jung. “In the foreseeable future we will be able to help blind, deaf or even paralyzed people regain their lost abilities.”

On the COMPAMED 2012 scientists of Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration present their micro camera which was shown 2011 for the first time. The camera has a side length of nearly one millimeter and can be used in a very versatile way. The researchers will also inform about recent progress of their project.


Michalina Chrzanowska
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