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Catheter Technologies + Image Guided Therapies



Thomas Sühn

M. Sc.


Gebäude 53, Raum 213
Rötgerstraße 9
39104 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 391 6757232


Research interests

  • mHealth and wearable sensor systems for diagnosis and monitoring purposes
  • sensor systems for surgical tools, instruments, medical robots and implants
  • signal acquisition, conditioning and signal processing
  • energy harvesting for wearable devices and medical implants
  • robotics-assisted minimally invasive surgery and robotics in healthcare

I received my M.Sc.- Biomedical Engineering (focus: signal processing and electronics) in 2016 from the Technische Universität Ilmenau, where I was working as student research assistant in signal and image processing at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and the Neuroinformatics and Cognitive Robotics Lab.

Currently I am working at Prof. Dr. Michael Friebe's Chair for Catheter Technologies and Image Guided Therapies (INKA) at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (OvGU). I am part of the INKA project team which is funded by the BMBF and treasurer of the “IEEE EMBS Student Chapter Magdeburg”. I am pursuing my PhD at the graduate school "Technology Innovations in Therapies and Imaging" (T²I²) affiliated with the medical faculty of OvGU. My work at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Prof. Dr. med. Christoph H. Lohmann focus on the non-invasive, sensor-based monitoring of human joints and implants utilizing acoustic signals (Vibroarthrography).

Apart from that, I am involved in other projects in the field of wearable sensors for diagnosis and health monitoring (phonoangiography, acoustic vessel status monitoring) and robot-assisted surgery and interventional device navigation (palpation and tactile feedback, tissue-tool-event characterization).




Below you can find exemplary some open topics for student projects. Depending on type and scope of the project work (Bachelor / Master thesis, research track project, team project, ...) and on your background / interests, it is possible to adapt the respective topics / goals and to put focus on either the HW / electronics or the SW / programming part. Do not hesitate to contact me or drop in at our INKA chair if you are interested in one of the topics or if you have any queries. Of course you can also come up with an own project proposal and we can discuss the possibility to work on it at the INKA chair and its associated labs (,1050.html).


  1. 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. [Thomas Sühn]


  1. 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. [Thomas Sühn]


  1. Design and evaluation of an easy to use wearable device (adjustable knee bandage) with integrated acoustic sensors (MEMS microphones) for the repeatable and convenient measurement of acoustic signals of the joint during different movement protocols. [Thomas Sühn]


  1. Design and implementation of a wearable sensor patch for the reproducible and convenient auscultation of the carotid artery. The design needs to be flexible / adaptable to the neck of a patient and comprise two acoustic sensors and a control unit / µC. [Thomas Sühn]


  1. 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. [Thomas Sühn, Ivan Maldonado Zambrano]


  1. Design and implementation of a sound based palpation device for tissue classification in arthroscopic knee surgery. The device needs to be integrated in a new arthroscope design and evaluated in an experimental setup (tissue phantom). [Thomas Sühn, Axel Boese]


  1. 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. [Thomas Sühn, Sathish Balakrishnan]