Research Field Laboratory Diagnostics, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Laboratory Diagnostics, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy combines research activities of the diagnostic health professionals at the Department Health Sciences. Projects and initiatives range from the production and management of medical image data to antimicrobial properties of wooden surfaces in the hospital sector, all the way to the investigation of regulatory genes in the development of obesity and diagnostics of gynecological infections.

Research Focuses

This research area focuses on the production and management of medical image data in diagnostic and therapeutic applications such as virtually assisted surgery. Possibilities for processing and editing medical image data from different modalities, such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance tomography (MR), by means of software and algorithms, examination protocols and workflow analyses in radiological imaging diagnostics, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy are being examined from a radiological perspective. One focus is the utilization of cross-sectional image data for the visualization and virtualization (navigation and planning) of surgical interventions in the face and skull area. Another focus is placed on the optimization of radiological methods. Quality requirements for new technological applications, especially in diagnostic imaging, are being developed and evaluated.

This research area focuses on select, especially local wood species and examines their antimicrobial properties. Through the use of standardized and reproducible test methods, the growth of select hospital germs is monitored and influencing factors such as germ type, wood type, wood shape, cutting direction, wood drying, temperature, humidity, as well as UV exposure (wood aging) and disinfection behavior are analyzed. This provides insights into the applicability of wooden surfaces in hygienically sensitive areas such as rehabilitation facilities and hospitals.

The global prevalence of obesity, defined as BMI above 30 kg/m2, has nearly doubled since 1980. With at least 2.8 million deaths each year, more people die as a result of overweight and obesity than from malnutrition. The metabolic syndrome refers to an unfavorable combination of at least three of the following risk factors: low HDL cholesterol, hypertension, hyperglycemia / insulin resistance, increased triglycerides and obesity. Current research projects are attempting to identify regulator genes of adipogenesis / inflammation and to investigate their influence on the metabolic syndrome.

Advances in the field of gene sequencing and systems biology facilitate new applications in studying the human microbiome, which weighs about 2-3 kg in adults. Globally, research projects in this context are mainly concerned with the intestinal microbiome, formerly called intestinal flora. The degree program Biomedical Analytics works on the diagnostics of gynecological infections, which are among the most common diseases in childhood. By means of next generation sequencing and bio-statistical evaluations, non-cultivable microorganisms can be detected and indicator germs of vaginal infections can be identified.


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Degree programs

Biomedical Science

Bachelor, full-time

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Biomedical Science

Master course for advanced professional training, part-time

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Health Assisting Engineering

Master, part-time

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Physiotherapy

Bachelor, full-time

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Radiological Technology

Bachelor, full-time

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Radiological Technology

Master course for advanced professional training, part-time

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