In the key research area of Medical Assistance Systems, findings in space and service robotics are reinterpreted and transferred to the field of medicine. Core technologies like efficient drives, mechatronics, telerobotics, sensors and planning systems are relevant to space applications as well as to technical systems in medicine. These technologies are researched and applied to the two main topics: medical robotics and active implants.
Currently the research efforts focus on the development of the MiroSurge telerobotic system for minimally invasive surgery:
From 2002 to 2004 the DLR Heart was designed, a fully implantable biventricular assist device for the long-term support of patients with severe cardiac insufficiency.
A wireless energy- and data transmission system was developed to power the DLR Heart without the need of drivelines. The wireless transmission technology improves patient’s mobility and reduces the risk of infections.