Field of Research Medical Technology

Whether in the operating and treatment room or the laboratory, modern medicine without digital assistance systems and signal processing is barely imaginable anymore. Imaging procedures, computer-assisted surgical systems and new diagnostic options support the doctor and enable new forms of treatment. The Fraunhofer HHI offers a wide range of expertise and solutions in the field of medical technology.

Competencies at Fraunhofer HHI

Intraoperative image analysis

  • Endoscopic and microscopic 3D analysis and measurement
  • 3D instrument tracking
  • Tracking and modelling of organ and tissue movements
  • Multispectral tissue analysis
  • Intraoperative Augmented Reality (AR) visualization

Medical signal analysis

  • Modelling and evaluation of ECG, EEG and ultrasonic signals
  • Low radiation CT reconstruction
  • Point-of-care diagnostics: Microrings for detection of biomolecules in liquids, e.g. in blood
  • AI-based diagnostic support
  • Quality standards for data algorithms and standardization

Assistance systems

  • Sterile, contactless operation of medical devices
  • Virtual Reality (VR)-based rehabilitation of cognitive disorders
  • Intraoperative AR visualization of additional information (3D measurement data, tissue types, vital signs, preoperative image data)
  • Preparation and analysis tools for medical 2D and 3D image data
  • Data visualization for control room and patient monitors
  • Teaching and training support


  • AR-assisted surgery
  • Endoscopic 3D reconstruction of cavities and 3D panorama creation
  • Personalized medicine such as the intraoperative implant measurement, e.g. in ossiculoplasty
  • Navigated surgery
  • Analysis of time series data (ECG, EEG, fMRI)
  • Evaluation of histopathological images for the detection of lymph node cancer
  • Detection of heart attacks with neuronal networking
  • Gait analysis