Engineering for Health

Welcome to the web page of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For more than 50 years we have been active in research and teaching in the field of biomedical engineering.

In interdisciplinary projects together with medical doctors and medical industry, we investigate new technical systems that help to diagnose diseases earlier and more accurately as well as systems that make therapies more successful.

The main focus of the research program of Prof. Dr. Olaf Dössel is the analysis of biosignals from the heart (ECG and electrograms), the imaging of electrophysiological sources in the heart (ECG imaging). Moreover, we are working on impedance tomography for lung perfusion and hypothermia in stroke patients [more].

The area of research of Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm's group is optical systems in medicine and life sciences. Current projects are focussing on surgical visualization and optical diagnosis [more].

The group of Dr. Axel Loewe develops computational models of the heart and applies them to cardiological problems. We focus on cardiac electrophysiology and elastomechanics to contribute to answer clinical questions such as the genesis of e.g. cardiac arrhythmias and appropriate treatment strategies [more].


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Computer Model of a personalized heart

In cooperation with the IANM (KIT) and the IEKM (University Heart Center Freiburg), researchers at IBT proposed an electro-mechanically coupled computer model of a personalized human heart. The manuscript was published in the Journal Mathematics.

Transit Time Measurement in Indicator Dilution Curves

Researchers at IBT investigated how accurate a transit time measurement of an indicator bolus can be and proposed methods to enhance the accuracy. The work was published in the  Frontiers in Physiology .

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Number of cameras for the 3D reconstruction

Researchers at IBT investigated how many cameras are needed so that a microsurgical operating channel can be reconstructed as completely as possible in 3D.
The work was published in the Journal of Imaging (MDPI):

EHRA Congress 2021

A scientist of the IBT presented and discussed their research titled: “Spatial and Quantitative Assessment of the Correlation between Sinus Rhythm and Atrial Fibrillation Voltage Mapping to Identify Low Voltage Substrate in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation“ at this years EHRA congress. The congress was held online from the 23-25th of April, with this years' scientific program emphasising “Making connections to overcome arrhythmia”.

Estimation of Atrial Fibrosis with the ECG

Researchers at IBT investigated whether the amount of diseased fibrotic tissue in the atria can be estimated non-invasively and quantitatively with features extracted from P waves of the 12-lead ECG.
The work was published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine (MDPI).

Girls’ Day 2021

Der Workshop des IBT im Rahmen des Girls‘ Day 2021 traf auf großes Interesse des weiblichen Nachwuchses in den Bereichen Medizin und Technik.