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PHOTONICS TO ENABLE A SAFER START INTO LIFE

Newborns who need to lie wired in their hospital beds for medical reasons will hopefully soon suffer much less. That, at least, is the aim of an interdisciplinary project. And this idea is so convincing that it was awarded the Edmund Optics Educational Award. The core of the concept is a contactless sensor that can measure vital parameters such as heart rate, blood oxygen concentration and respiratory volume by combining high-resolution 3D measurement technology and nano-optical filters. The measurement is carried out without connecting the small patients to devices or cables - only by purely optical measurement at a distance of a few meters.
The idea originated from a graduate projects of the Innovation Alliance 3Dsensation, involving the TU Ilmenau (Chen Zhang), the University Hospital of Jena UKJ (Maria Nisser) and the Institute of Applied Physics IAP (Jan Sperrhake). The concept has already advanced so far that in the beginning of 2020 it will measure the vital parameters of newborns in neonatology at the UKJ a few days after birth. This preliminary study should be the starting point for the development of a contactless sensor, especially for the requirements of medical monitoring of newborns and premature infants.

2019-11 Sperrhake EO Award, W.Oppel, IOF
First test of the NeoVital sensor at the Institute of Physiotherapy (UKJ) on spirometry during stress testing of volunteers. The NeoVital sensor measures the oxygen content of the test persons without contact compared to gold standard methods. Left in picture Mrs. Nisser; middle Mr. Sperrhake; right medical engineer Maximilian Hausmann. (Rights: W.Oppel, Fraunhofer IOF)


The company Edmund Optics, one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of precision optics and imaging and machine vision components, is awarding this project with the first prize in the multi-stage selection process as part of the EO Educational Award process, thereby underlining the high innovation potential and industrial feasibility with regard to product development and market opportunities. In addition, the applicants demonstrated a strong enthusiasm for optical technologies.
Jan Sperrhake participates in the doctoral program of the Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), which is part of the research center Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP).

The MDR also reported about the project >>>.

Author: Ira Winkler, IAP-FSU Jena

News from: 22.11.2019 09:08
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