Although a pacemaker is small, it fulfills a big function: It helps a sick heart to beat in a normal rhythm again. That's why a regular technical inspection of this vital device is crucial. At the Catholic Hospital Essen Philippusstift, we took a closer look at this technical marvel and its monitoring process.
When researchers want to reproduce the effects of specific substances on the human body in the laboratory, they use cell-based biosensors. But their production is expensive and intricate. As part of the BIOGRAPHY project, a brand-new manufacturing method was developed right at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Biomedical Engineering.
State-of-the-art medical technology requires miniaturized devices offering additional and more complex functionalities. Which technologies will meet these requirements in the future? We are visiting Heraeus in Hanau, where the CerMet technology has been developed - particularly for miniaturized medical implants and sensors.
3D printing brings with it many design possibilities, and thus many different applications that are also of interest to medicine. At the BiomaTiCS research centre at the Mainz University Medical Center, Germany, we took a closer look at two different applications of 3D printing: the production of patient-specific models and bioprinting for regenerative medicine.