Optical Tracking System

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FRAMOS Imaging Systems has developed a real-time Optical Tracking System (OTS), which provides precise information on the position and orientation of objects in three-dimensional space and sets new standards in accuracy, measurement stability and usability. At the MedTech Summit 2016, from June 16th to 18th in Nuremberg, FRAMOS demonstrates the technologies and its various medical applications.

The combination of Image recognition and positioning enables game-changing methods in diagnostics and treatment. Precise navigation aids for the use of medical instruments in the operating room or data fusion from different imaging modalities can significantly ease many tasks for physicians and thus contribute to simpler and more reliable diagnoses. With imaging support, as well new rehabilitation methods with patient’s active involvement and a higher success rate become known.

In collaboration with reknown Klinikum rechts der Isar (KRDI) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) FRAMOS provides medical companies a technology by which any surgical tools and diagnostic sensor can be tracked with high precision. The examining physician can continue to use these techniques in the familiar way whilst at the same time having more extensive diagnostic data at their disposal.

A first adaption of the groundbreaking technology improves the so-called mirror therapy for stroke patients. Some 80 percent of the patients suffer a hemiparesis afterwards, a semi-paralysis of either the upper or the lower extremities. The FRAMOS’ OTS technology and a robotic arm projects the movements performed on the healthy side of the body to the respective other body side that needs to be treated. With the repetitively movement instead of the damaged neurons other parts of the brain learn and take over the movement patterns. This therapy significantly improves and accelerates the self-repairing mechanism of the human brain.

Other application scenarios are sensor fusion and Navigation of instruments in the operating theatre. OTS can support surgeons wherever surgical tools have to be localized inside the body, e.g. in minimally invasive interventions or biopsies, with the greatest possible precision. In principle, the OTS technology can be used for all problems in which the position and orientation of objects in space have to be determined with precision. When it comes to OTS technology, FRAMOS sees itself as a technology provider and engineering partner with the core competence of image processing, which can be transferred to a wide range of applications in conjunction with partner companies in the medical technology sector.

In hall NCC Ost, booth E1/114 at the MedTech Summit the FRAMOS imaging experts explain how the technology works in clinical practice independently of surface features and how it can be adapted to the specific medical conditions, measuring volumes and accuracy needs. They know in particular about the benefits of the OTS technology in comparison to conventional used methods, such as continuous measurement reliability, intuitive usability and flexible scalability for specific medical applications.