In medical technology, imaging methods are used for diagnostic purposes and also increasingly for instrument observation tasks. However, medical devices for invasive procedures can very often not be adequately visualised using common diagnostic methods such as ultrasound and X-ray.
Our research activities are focused on developing discrete markings on catheters, cannulas, probes, stents, etc. that allow accurate placement and tracking in the patient without adversely affecting the functionality of the instruments.
Using laser technology, local markings in the form of patterns, labels or graphics can be applied with high variability and very good imaging. The instruments are only provided with visible markings at the points that are of interest for detectability and possible subsequent manipulation.