During her residency at Fraunhofer MEVIS, media artist Eli Joteva created a remarkable installation: To obtain the material for her digital artwork, the Bulgarian lay down in an MRI scanner for hours. The result: a digital installation called “IntraBeing.“ It shows oversized organs and highly complex webs of nerves that move meditatively and mysteriously right before the viewer's eyes. The third artist residency, which Fraunhofer MEVIS is organizing together with Ars Electronica in Linz and the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen, is once again being held in cooperation with the Walle School Centre in Bremen. For the first time, the UCLA ArtSci Center in Los Angeles is also involved. The title of the program is “STEAM Imaging“ – STEAM stands for the linking of science, technology, and mathematics with other disciplines, such as the world of art. The starting point of the residency is to bring artists together with scientists and school students to transcend disciplinary boundaries, develop flexible forms of learning and collaboration, and teach skills to use new technologies effectively and critically.
Heart valve operations are often very complex and have to be prepared with great precision. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS and the Charité are developing an assistance system that will ease planning interventions by using virtual reality. In the future, patients should also benefit from this new technology.
A diagnosis has been made. Now is the up to clinicians, alongside their patient, to find an appropriate treatment. However, as more and more treatment choices are becoming available, the most suitable one isn’t always the most obvious choice. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS is developing AI-based support systems to facilitate decision-making and pave the path towards finding the optimal treatment.
Biomarkers are often indispensable for accurate diagnoses. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS is working on adaptive algorithms that make the search for new biomarkers much easier. This can provide physicians with valuable support in choosing the best possible therapy.
Cancer patients generally need to attend regular checkups, which help determine how the patient responds to a new treatment. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS is working on a method supported by AI to carry out follow-up checkups more quickly and accurately.
Programming AI is a complicated process. Huge amounts of data need to be collected, reviewed, and evaluated. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS is developing a platform that integrates all key steps and eases collaboration between programmers and clinicians.
Minimally invasive interventions play a central role in medicine, seen in applications including radiotherapy, heart catheters, and keyhole surgery. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS is researching methods to improve minimally invasive treatments significantly.
Ultrasound and MRI are among the most important imaging procedures in medicine. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine is developing software solutions that optimize image acquisition and simplify tracking physiological functions.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS develops innovative software solutions for more precise diagnoses and more effective therapies. The possibilities are as varied as the challenges: Artificial intelligence and self-learning algorithms will bring enormous advancements to the clinical routine in hospitals and medical practices. Simultaneously, these solutions call for new structures, for example, in data privacy and interdisciplinary cooperation.