01/03/2018Robotics open up countless new possibilities for medical technology. Especially highly miniaturized robots could be increasingly used in minimally invasive surgery in the future. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a mobile millirobot, which is able to move smoothly through rough terrain. They were mainly inspired by the world of insects.
04/01/2018Medical radiation is a double-edged sword: from a diagnostic perspective, it allows us to look inside the human body, while it can also be used to treat cancer. However, each use exposes patients to radiation, which in turn can pose health risks and should, therefore, be avoided. This is where the European joint research program MEDIRAD comes in.
02/11/2017An implant shows signs of aging and fatigue after a certain amount of time inside the body. It must be replaced since its functionality can no longer be guaranteed. Unfortunately, the inevitable surgery is a major physical as well as mental strain for patients. Now twelve Fraunhofer Institutes have addressed this issue; among them is the Fraunhofer FEP with its knowledge in surface refinement.