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Catheter Technologies + Image Guided Therapies

Student Projects

open = Project is available

asap = Project can start As Soon As Possible

WIP = Work on project is currently In Progress / dependent availability

Last update: 11.04.2019


Medical devices, catheters, mechanics and endoscopic imaging (Axel Boese, Michael Friebe)


Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
WIP Thesis Usability and Design improvement for Ultrasound guidance system  Boese WIP
WIP Thesis Force sensor for guide wires Boese WIP
WIP Thesis Development of an Revolving Biopsy Gun Boese WIP
WIP Thesis MR compatible RFA needle Boese WIP
WIP Thesis X-ray beam shaping mechanism for intraoperative radiation therapy for accurate tumor mapping and optimized radiation delivery Boese WIP
Open Thesis Manufacturing set up for  micro catheters Boese asap
WIP Project Safe Heart - auscultation of the blood flow Boese WIP
Open Thesis Lymph node biopsy gun Boese asap
Open Project Needle holder for MRI Interventions Boese asap
Open   Steerable catheter tip with multy layer approach Boese asap
Open   Seed Delivery catheter Boese asap
WIP   Flexible multi modality endoscope Boese WIP
Open   Vascular Phantom - Thinwall silicone Boese asap
Open   Plate phantom - catherter test Boese asap
Open   Exoskeleton for Hip support  Boese asap


Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
Open Thesis Table for CT interventions Friebe asap
Open Thesis Entwicklung und Ausbau der Netzwerk-Strategie von INKA Friebe asap
Open Thesis Steerable NITIONAL guidewire using external magnetic fields Friebe asap
Open Thesis Combined Xray and detector system for Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) and EM Tracking Friebe asap


Image and signal processing, tracking technologies, MRI and materials, RFA (E. AtaideA. IllanesJ. Krug, J. Ziegle)


Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
WIP Project Assistive Scanning Brace for Improved 3D Tomographic Ultrasound Neck Scans Ataide, Ziegle, Kalmar, Boese WIP
WIP Thesis Thyroid Nodule Classification using Geometrical and Morphological Extracted Features Ataide, Illanes WIP
WIP Project Tissue texture characterization in ultrasound images before and during application of radiofrequency ablation Ziegle WIP
WIP Thesis Temperature Monitoring and Control of an Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion System Ziegle, Landes WIP
Open Thesis Optical sensor based depth feedback system for needle interventions Ziegle  asap 
Open Thesis Acuracy evaluation of  tracking methods for 3D ultrasound reconstruction Ziegle asap
Open Thesis Development of a MRI compatible Audio Transmission system with noise cancelling capabilities Illanes asap
Open Thesis Quantitative artifact assessment in a 0.5 Tesla mini MRI benchtop scanner Illanes asap
Open Thesis Photodynamic Therapy applicator Illanes asap
Open Thesis Denoising capacitive ECG signals acquired during MRI exams Illanes asap
Open Thesis Design of a capacitive electrode mattress for non-contact patient monitoring during MRI Krug asap
Open Thesis Experimental setup for new RFA methods Ziegle asap
Open Thesis MagReMon - MRI-Magnet Remote Monitoring Krug asap
Open Thesis Temperature Monitoring for RFA Ziegle asap
Open Thesis Development and evaluation of a MR-safe and Laser based System for measuring Respiratory Motion Krug asap



Projects related to interventional MRI and mechanical engineering (Robert Odenbach)


Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
Open all

Entwicklung und Evaluation eines miniaturisierten und innovativen Laryngoskops

Development and evaluation of a miniaturized and innovative laryngoscope

Odenbach asap
Open all

Immer: Ihr persönlicher Projektvorschlag – bewerben Sie sich gern auch mit Ihrer eigenen Idee!

Always: Your personal project proposal - feel free to apply with your own idea!

Odenbach asap
WIP MA-Project

Entwicklung und Evaluation eines kostengünstigen Tauchbad-SLA-Druckers

Development and evaluation of a low-cost Top-down-SLA-printer

Odenbach -
WIP MA-Thesis

Entwicklung und Evaluation von MRT-kompatiblen, pneumatischen Motoren

Development and evaluation of MRI compatible pneumatic Motors

Odenbach -
WIP MA-Project

Entwicklung und Evaluation eines visuellen Biofeedback-Systems zur Atembewegung im MRT

Development and evaluation of a visual biofeedback system for respiratory motion in MRI     

Odenbach -
WIP MA-Thesis

Entwicklung und Evaluation eines Software-basierten Algorithmus zur automatisierten Erkennung der Bildmarkerausrichtung im MRT-Schichtbild

Development and evaluation of a software-based algorithm for the automated alignment-detection of fiducial markers in MR-images

Odenbach -
WIP BA-Thesis

Entwicklung und Evaluation von fernsteuerbaren und MRT-kompatiblen Assistenz- und Instrumentenführungssystemen

Development and evaluation of remotely controllable and MRI compatible assistance and instrument guidance devices

Odenbach -
WIP MA-Project

Entwicklung und Evaluation eines entfaltbaren Trägersystems für Instrumente

Development and evaluation of an expandable carrier system for instruments

Odenbach -



Projects related to hardware design and electronics, sensor systems and robotics (Thomas Sühn)



Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
Open Thesis / project

Überwachung eines Lungen-Organmodells – Sensorik in der experimentellen Thoraxchirurgie

Monitoring of a lung-organ model – Sensor technology in the experimental thoracic surgery

Ziegle, Boese asap
Open Thesis

Design and implementation of a system (sensors, control unit / µC, power supply, case, ...) for acquisition, processing, storing and transmitting of data of ≥2 inertial measurement units (IMU) for various applications.

Sühn asap
Open Thesis

Design and evaluation of an audio / vibration signal acquisition system (≥2 audio sensors, control unit / µC, data transmission / storage unit, power supply, case, ...) for use as attachment for various surgical tools (needle, laparoscopic device, ...) and application in the operating room.

Sühn, Maldonado -
Open Thesis

Design and implementation of a miniaturized thermoelectric energy-harvesting system (thermoelectric energy generator, harvesting circuitry, energy storage, ...) for the application in hip implants and test / evaluation of the system in a simulator for artificial hip joints (

Sühn asap
 Open Thesis

Equipment of a simulator for artificial hip joints ( with additional sensory (e.g. audio, vibration, pressure, temperature, ...), transfer to a storage and processing unit (National Instruments) and visualization (LabView).

Sühn asap
 Open Thesis

Design and implementation of an adjustable and wearable sensing device for acoustic emissions and signals for health and condition monitoring of hip joints and hip implants.

 Sühn  asap
 Open Thesis

Implementation (Matlab / C / C++) of an algorithm for joint angle calculation based on data of 2 arbitrary placed inertial measurement units (IMU) and transferring to a µC.

 Sühn, Chen  asap
 Open Thesis  

Development of a control program / interface (C / C++, using provided libraries) for a 7-DOF arm type robot ( to control / move a miniaturized X-Ray tube along a predefined trajectory.

Sühn,  Balakrishnan  asap




Design of a wearable device (adjustable knee bandage) with integrated acoustic sensors (MEMS microphones) for the repeatable and convenient measurement of acoustic signals of the joint during movements. 






Audio-needle projects - embedded systems, signal processing and software development (Ivan Maldonado)


Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
Open Project Design and development of libraries and visual tools for audio signals acquired from a needle. Initially all code must be done on Matlab and later migrated to C/C++. In this project the student will interact with different member from INKA, perform some experiments and access to all tools and labs. Maldonado asap
WIP Thesis Development of an embedded device for the acquisition of audio signals produced inside human body. Maldonado -



Medical imaging physics and radiation therapy (Ali Pashazadeh)


Status Type Topic Advisor Begin
WIP Thesis Testing and optimizing the Gamma-US scanner  Pashazadeh, 
WIP Research Track Generating G-code in Python for 3D printing   Pashazadeh,
WIP Research Track Vacuum-assisted minimally invasive surgery of sentinel lymph nodes under the guidance of gamma and US probes  Pashazadeh,
WIP Research Track US probe calibration for use in image fusion  Pashazadeh,
Open Thesis Development of a novel 3D printing system for the radio-therapeutic purposes Pashazadeh, Boese asap
WIP Thesis Development and evaluation of an Intraoperative imaging system based on miniaturized x-ray tubes Pashazadeh, Boese asap
WIP Research Track Intraoperative ultrasound transducer for therapy delivery Pashazadeh, Boese asap
 Open Thesis/Research Track Development and evaluation of a Brachytherapy catheter (Singleballoon and Doubleballoon) Pashazadeh, Boese asap



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