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Nanoparticles for the MRI – Smart contrast agents


Contrast agents improve the imaging of tissue made by MRI and thus are essential for getting more detailed imaging. But commonly used contrast agents, that are usually based on the metal gadolinium, cannot show enough contrast in early stage of diseases without increasing their concentration up to high levels.
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Nanotechnology: a key to the future of medicine


Even though the field of medical technology has already discovered the nanoworld a long time ago, it is still not as fully researched as it should be. Physicians dream about curing diseases such as cancer with an injection containing nanoparticles. But this is still a long way off in the future since research is continuously facing obstacles.
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Sensor suit to alert you when your posture is bad


SIRKA: this acronym stands for "sensor suit for individual feedback of physical activity". In a joint project, the DFKI is developing a suit designed to prevent problems with poor posture. Inertial sensors are integrated into a work overall. Physiotherapists are also meant to benefit from the results.
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Laser Coagulation: an alternative to stitches


Wounds in the oral and maxillofacial area are often difficult to suture. Sometimes only simple compression bandages are being used in the oral cavity, which temporarily close the wound. This is why the BI-TRE project, coordinated by the Fraunhofer ILT, is searching for a reliable post-surgical wound closure method.
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Laser: clean cuts with ultrashort pulses


Ever-smaller medical devices with fine structures also necessitate ever more precise production processes. Lasers are used when mechanical machining processes are not precise enough. And manufacturers can cut sharply with ultrashort pulse lasers where conventional lasers are too inaccurate.
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Medical technology in Germany conquers new global markets


The medical technology sector is booming – and not only in Germany. This fact gives domestic medical technology companies the opportunity to tap into global markets. On the one hand, this demand is due to an aging society and the need to make therapies and surgeries more tolerable and cost-effective for patients on the other.
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Hospital Hygiene: "The cleanliness of medical devices remains a challenging subject"


Unclean implants or surgical instruments that are difficult to clean are not just a problem for users and patients – in the long run, manufacturers lose their good reputation and new orders. The "CleanMed- Competence Network for Technical Cleanliness, Cleanability, and Sterilizability in Medical Technology wants to tackle these issues. COMPAMED spoke to Julia Steckeler.
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Implants: silver and diamonds battle germs and abrasion


Almost five percent of all patients who receive a joint replacement need to go under the knife again after a short time. Bacteria that entered the body during implantation or strong surface abrasion have caused inflammation that leads to a loosening of the implant in these patients. A "precious" coating for implant materials could prevent this in the future.
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Ultrasound: Modular platform has versatile uses


Underwater sonar images or examinations of the pregnant abdomen – ultrasounds have various applications. To avoid having to develop an entirely new system for each application, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering have created a modular ultrasound platform. Their system covers a wide range of applications.
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The future of medical technology: Carbon fiber reinforced materials


Carbon is the raw material of the future. The medical technology industry could also benefit from it if the material and manufacturing costs wouldn’t be so incredibly high. That’s why the CarboMedTech network aims to put carbon fiber materials increasingly at the center of medical product development along the entire value chain by bundling competencies.
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