Intelligent Medical Technology Trail

Short Description of the Institute:

The ICCAS is an innovation driver in the development of computer-aided, integrative technologies and intelligent assistance systems from diagnosis to therapy. A main subject of the developments is the “Intelligent Operating Room”. The technologies are developed in close cooperation between computer scientists, engineers and physicians and primarily support physicians in hospitals. Safe therapies, new non-invasive treatment methods and more efficient workflows are the added value.
For companies, ICCAS is an experienced and reliable cooperation partner in the field of medical technology transfer. The center has a quality management system certified to EN ISO 13485 and benefits from close links to the clinics. It promotes regional and supraregional cooperation between science and industry.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumuth, University of Leipzig | Medical Faculty | Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery – ICCAS

Target Group(s):

    • Medical Technology Companies (Medicine 4.0)
    • Manufacturer of IoT products
    • Clinics

Partner from Research, Industry:

Institute Department Type
Fraunhofer Institut, Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) Academia
International Reference and Development Center for Surgical Technology IRDC, Leipzig Academia
University of Leipzig Institute for Anatomy
Institute for Informatics
Institut for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology (IMISE)
University of Leipzig Biotechnological-Biomedical Center (BBZ) Academia
University of Leipzig Heart Center Leipzig Academiat
University of Leipzig Saxon Incubator for Clinical Translation (SIKT) Wissenschaft
Leipzig College of Technology, Business and Culture (HTWK) Innovative Surgical Training Technologies (ISTT), Faculty of electro technology and information technology (EIT) Academia
University Hospital Leipzig Clinic for Neurosurgery
Clinic for Oral, Dental and Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck oncology
Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Clinic for Anaesthesiology
Clinic for Visceral Surgery
Max-Planck-Institut for cognitive and neuro science, Leipzig Neurology Academia
TU Dresden University Hospital, Neurosurgery Wissenschaft
OncoRay – National Center for Radiation Research in the oncology (Dresden) Academia
PHACON, Leipzig Industry

Value Proposition:

    • Our intelligent assistance systems provide physicians with support from diagnosis to personalized therapy.
    • Dealing with a huge amount of data at clinics is becoming more and more relevant. Our models integrate this information and provide sound decision support.
    • Our systems make hospital workflows easier and more cost effective.
    • Computer-aided, individual treatment strategies and new non-invasive therapy options in intelligent surgery increase the patient’s well-being in the long term.
    • Our products are ISO certified.


Station 1 – Intelligent Operating Room

The “Intelligent Operating Room” in the ICCAS is the result of the nationwide flagship project “OR.Net – Safe and Dynamic Networking in the Operating Room and Clinic” and is primarily available to technicians, computer scientists and physicians for further research and evaluation of results. Visitors can experience the unique interconnectedness and intelligence of the operating theater based on the following interventions in the field of head and neck surgery on the whole-body phantom.

The surgical staff must act less, can concentrate more intensively on their core tasks and is supported by modern assistants. For example, all patient data and parameters are automatically imported into all devices and no longer have to be entered manually, as is still the case. This reduces sources of error. The devices can also be controlled from a central point. With a dynamically networked footswitch it is possible to control different instruments. Alarm functions help acoustically and visually with navigation through narrow operating areas. Patient data, vital signs, current image data and monitoring functions are recorded on a central monitor, which lies in the visual axis of the operator.

Operating Room in the ICCAS. ©Stefan Straube/UKL
Station 2 – Digital Patient Model

The project group “Digital Patient and Process Model” creates information-theoretical concepts for the formal description and modeling of patient data and clinical decision-making processes. Patient models link and analyze all the data relevant to a therapy and thus enable an all-around presentation of the patient as well as of his diseased organ. Decision models integrate all patient-specific information about artificial intelligence. Mathematical models and probabilistic inference methods allow a simulation of the patient situation and form the basis for an evidence-based treatment decision support. Using state-of-the-art information technology, the Digital Patient Model will be used in the ISAAC (Intelligent System for Advanced Analysis of Complex Cancer Cases) analysis station. ISAAC focuses on the cognitive process of medical work and, through the integration of model-based decision support, offers innovative added value that creates the foundations for personalized medicine and thus increased patient safety.

Station 3 – Medical Robotics

At the “Medical Robotics” station, visitors will experience a robotic system for assisting the surgeon in guiding minimally invasive instruments. Surgeons and interventional radiologists in minimally invasive procedures, such as tissue functions, ablation and biopsies, especially benefit from the high positioning accuracy of the robot system. The combination of an optical tracking system with a robotic arm allows the exact positioning of these medical tools. Using an augmented reality-based tablet application, patient-specific reconstructed 3D models can be referenced and target structures can be marked. The robot arm controls the defined positions and provides a guidance system for the needle feed. The additional integration of an ultrasound head allows control of the needle position in the tissue. Repeated advancement of the needle by missing the target is avoided and patient and surgeon relieved.

Current Projects:

Opportunities for Projects and Funding Instruments:

Within the framework of our clinical research fields, there are numerous points of contact for cooperation with various service providers and companies in order to jointly generate and implement innovative and sustainable projects. There are various possibilities to use public funding instruments, such as: SAB InnoTeams or SAB joint projects, joint projects on the BMBF program (for example SMEs: Innovative) as well as BMWI projects or cooperation in H2020 projects.

At the same time, ICCAS can also offer various services:

    • Industrial contract research
    • Consulting for medical device development according to DIN EN ISO 13485: 2012
    • Excellent infrastructure, close connection to the clinic

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