Joint Project: Uro-MDD

Endoscopic panoramic imaging and fiber optic spectroscopy in urology for a multidimensional diagnosis


Uro-MDD aims at contributing greatly to the chain of 3D imaging-processing-visualization through a multidisciplinary approach. More precisely, Uro-MDD will process the three-dimensional, multimodal images by doing an endoscopic exam of the bladder. A demonstrator is being devolved for multidimensional imaging of the bladder on the basis of a stereo sensor integrated in the cystoscope. By filming video sequences during the exam, methods of digital image processing generate panoramic images of the surface of the bladder and project a 3D model in form of a hemisphere. With the help of this panoramic imaging, clinically relevant spots (e.g. lesions) can be marked in order to evaluate them with other optic and marker-free modalities like fluorescence lifetime imaging and Raman spectroscopy. The combination with applicable laser probes enables the insertion of these optic systems through the shaft of the endoscope via the urethra into the bladder. The images and evaluations of the (benign/malign) tissue, generated by this modality, will then be connected to the panorama.


Participating partners:

  • Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies
  • University Medical Center Freiburg
  • Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits
  • Schölly Fiberoptik GmbH
  • Oberon GmbH Fiber Technologies
  • Becker&Hickl GmbH