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Bildgebende Diagnostik

BD-01: Breast-CT

The primary aim of this project is to improve early-stage diagnostics for breast cancer. The goal is to develop a 3D breast X-ray computer tomograph (breast CT for short) for the female breast, characterized by higher sensitivity in the early detection of breast cancer, as well as by greater patient comfort. Every step from the imaging of microcalcifications and the differential diagnosis of lesions with dynamic CT, through to image-guided biopsy can all be performed on one device during just one patient appointment.

Better detection and differentiation between benign and malignant tumors

BD-05: 3D catheter localization for ablation in the heart by means of biplanar fluoroscopy

Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, with around one million sufferers in Germany alone. This specific form of cardiac arrhythmia is associated with an increased risk of strokes, the development of cardiac insufficiency as well as general cardiovascular morbidity.

X-ray-guided catheter ablation represents an effective approach to treating atrial fibrillation. With this process, a three-dimensional superimposed image can be calculated from a pre-operative dataset (e.g.

BD-02: CT Angiography for the early detection of coronary heart disease

The major aim of sub-project BD02 is to develop and validate new computer tomography procedures which enable representation of the coronary arteries and the detection and quantification of atherosclerotic plaque with enhanced spatial and temporal resolution, higher reproducibility and, very importantly, with less radiation exposure. Siemens AG is undertaking the technical development work, which includes new detector technologies, new image reconstruction processes and new algorithms for software-based automatic diagnostics.

BD-10: Improving the absolute accuracy of medical positioning devices

Developing a camera-based positioning system that increases the (absolute) positioning accuracy of a patient positioning system (with 6 degrees of freedom) so that the deviation between the actual and target positions is < 0.25mm radius of curvature.

Project Duration

01.04.2011 - 31.03.2013

Project Partners

  • Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Healthcare
  • Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)


Michael Meyer

Siemens Healthcare CV ID IBD
+49 -9642- 18 947

BD-06: Local tumor therapy with magnetic nanoparticles

In 2006, there were 426,800 new cases of cancer in Germany and 210,930 people died of the disease.

About half of all newly diagnosed cancer cases are diagnosed when they are localized to one part of the body. Three quarters of these patients can therefore be cured by local intervention, i.e. by an operation, in some cases supplemented by radiotherapy and/or systemic chemotherapy, with additional antibody therapy where appropriate. However, with the other half of newly diagnosed cases, the illness is already at an advanced stage and will not respond to conventional local therapy.