Projects in the area of image analysis focus on the visualization, enhancement, registration and interpretation of medical images of various types. Examples of activities include methods for automated segmentation of organ tissue areas and parametric modeling of contrast enhancement for dynamic contrast-enhanced MR- images.
We are developing a variety of sensor technologies and systems catered to clinical needs. One of our most versatile sensors is based on high transition-temperature superconductors. These sensors enable, for example, detection of very low concentrations of disease markers or high-precision studies of brain activity.
Our microwave research area is broad and focuses both on diagnostics, imaging, and treatment applications. Novel concepts being developed include microwave tomography for 3D breast tumor detection and visualization, hemorrhage detection for stroke and other diagnoses, and hyperthermia treatment of cancer.
Current focus lies on mapping functional areas of the brain primarily through modeling its local electromagnetic (EM) activities. Projects include non-invasive epileptic source localization using EEG. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is another area, e.g. for epilepsy treatment and pre-surgical mapping of brain function.
Smart textiles are textile materials and products that interact with users and/or the environment. Our focus is on textile based sensors made of conductive fibers incorporated in clothing to record electrical activity from the heart (ECG), brain (EEG), or muscles (EMG). Incorporating smart textile sensors in regular clothing is paramount for long term or distance monitoring, e.g. in homecare settings.
Digital Health/ eHealth
Within eHealth/Digital Health we focus on the use and implementation of Information and Communication Technologies to promote:
• informed clinical decisions,
• management of care, health and wellbeing
for all citizens, regardless of ethnicity, age, sex or place.
Today much effort is directed towards prehospital care and support in care processes, but research and projects often referred to as eHealth/Digital Health can also be found within other research fields like Image Analysis, Sensor Technologies, Microwave Technologies and Electromagnetic Modelling.