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ReSSL – Hybride Simulatoren für die ChirurgieReal-time simulators for the education and training of medical doctors

The development of hybrid surgical simulators is the main objective of the newly established research group ReSSL (Research Group for Surgical Simulators Linz). Hybrid simulators represent a combination of model and computer-based simulation systems with the advantages of both. A computer-generated model allows users to visualize morphological and physiological structures in detail. One main advantage of the technology the group intends to develop would be that physical phantom patients enable the surgeon-in-training to experience realistic haptics. Navigation systems make it possible to determine the position of instruments, implants and anatomical structures in real time. Using the combination of 3D-data from phantom patient and instruments, as well as appropriate algorithms, pictures can be generated without the application of x-rays. Objective measurements allow for an in-depth analysis and assessment of the surgical procedure. In addition to measuring mechanical stress on critical anatomical structures – such as nerves – it is also possible to simulate hemorrhaging. 

3D/Microscopy Lab High resolution microscopy as a supplement to imaging techniques in medicine

Methodically, research focuses on the following:

  • Biomechanics,
  • Biosignal analysis and processing,
  • Biomedical microscopy (3D-fluorescence, AFM, u.a.),
  • Minituarized electronics, measurement and sensor technology,
  • Modeling and simulation,
  • Refinement of norms for the development of medical software and medical IT systems 

TIMed Center – Center for Technological Innovation in Medicine

The Center for Technological Innovation in Medicine (TIMed Center) combines the strengths of the FH Upper Austria campuses Hagenberg, Linz and Wels in order to form a new, internationally visible, cross-faculty medical valley hub for the development of interdisciplinary solutions to technological challenges in the area of the life sciences (medicine, biomedicine, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics and bioinformatics). In addition, the TIMed Center fosters scientific, technology-oriented 

Interdisciplinary research areas

  • Biomedical data analysis
  • Biomedical sensor technology
  • Biomimetics and materials development
  • High resolution imaging
  • Medical simulators and simulation
  • Drug characterization