Düsseldorf, Germany | November 16-19, 2015
MEDICA is the world’s largest medical trade fair and allows exhibitors to present the entire range of new products, services and processes for inpatient and outpatient care. and offers an abundance of innovations.The focus of this event include: Electro-medicine/medical technology, laboratory technology/diagnostics, physiotherapy/orthopedic technology, commodities and consumables, information and communication technology, medical furniture and specialist furnishings, and building technology for hospitals and doctors’ offices.
FRAMOS, consortium partner of the EU Horizon 2020 – research and innovation framework programs BOREALIS and SYMBIONICA has developed a real-time capable Optical Tracking System (OTS), which provides precise information on the positioning of objects in three-dimensional space and settings. It sets new standards in accuracy, measurement stability and use. Accurate position and orientation information in real-time is compulsory for many computer aided medical procedures including a wide variety of clinical interventions and diagnostic imaging techniques. For the success of various operations and exact medical diagnosis that rely on pose information; it is therefore crucial to gather suchlike information precisely.
On the international trade fair for medical technology MEDICA, from November 16th to 19th in Dusseldorf, FRAMOS showed their OTS for medical applications and its use in clinical practice at the joint stand of Bayern Innovativ. The technology was presented at the Medical Health IT Forum by Benjamin Busam, development engineer at FRAMOS.
At his talk he gave an overview over current tracking solutions, their advantages and drawbacks and explained the optical tracking techniques together with their various applications in the medical area. The benefits of the OTS technology in comparison to conventional used methods, such as continuous measurement reliability, intuitive use and flexible scalability for specific medical applications have been enlarged in particular. Many industrial solutions are bulky and rely on external tracking systems, hampered either by the limited accuracy of electromagnetic tracking or the requirement for a constant line of sight between the tracked devices and the external optical tracking systems respectively. It was shown how these major drawbacks can be overcome with modern computer vision methods and how high-precision, real-time pose estimation of medical tools with a new concept in both hard- and software may facilitate.