Medical Engineering

The Department of Image Processing and Medical Engineering is researching in the fields of medical image processing, medical communication and sensor systems and telematics in health care.

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Medical Engineering

In the area of medical image processing, our work is primarily directed towards solutions for microscopy and digital pathology as well as endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. Special emphasis is placed on the development of both microscopy and scanning systems in association with automated image analysis of cells and tissues as well as on assisting doctors in laboratories and hospitals with diagnosis.

Our innovations in medical sensing are mostly aimed at capturing vital signs and body movements for mostly mobile medical applications as well as for exercise testing in sports and leisure. A closely related area is that of biosignal processing and medical communications. Our work in this area is largely concerned with sophisticated software for analysis of sensor data, identification of critical physiological states and computer-aided diagnosis as well as with protocols, formats and interoperability standards for telehealth services, where the goal is semantic integration from sensor signals through to medical expert systems.

Complementing our technological development work, we support the evaluation of medical systems and solutions through clinical studies and trials. For this purpose, we have the Medical Technology Test and Application Center METEAN at our disposal, an extremely efficient interdisciplinary facility housed at Erlangen  University Hospital.

Medical Engineering at a Glance


An overview of our activities can be found in our profile section.


Our activities are focused on contract research. We participate in publicly funded projects and offer research and development tasks to our industrial clients.


Products and Projects

Medical Engineering offers solutions in the areas of medical image processing, computer-assisted diagnostics, vital sign sensors, biosignal processing, medical communication, studies and applications, as well as risk and quality management.



Each document, such as application note, product sheet, flyer or others, and each video, can be found in our download section.



Medical Engineering Press Releases

All medical engineering news and press releases can be found in the press section of the Fraunhofer IIS.


Wearable Technology 3.0 – Intelligent Software Developed by Fraunhofer Institute IIS

Since july 2016, the innovative high-tech product ambiotex-shirt is available at the ambiotex web store – a software development from the Fraunhofer Institute IIS. The shirt has a comfortable fit and allows an effective workout by evaluating vital data such as pulse and stress level in real time.


SCube® – The Modular Scanning Solution

The scanning system SCube® was introduced at the analytica in 2016. SCube® is the modular scanning solution for the digitalization and analysis of biological samples in both brightfield microscopy and fluorescence microscopy. The system can easily be integrated into your application.


New Project HaptiVisT

Development and evaluation of a haptic-visual learning system for surgical interventions

Congresses and Conferences




Presentation at Medica 2015


Working Group

VDI - Working Group Medicine and Engineering

The working group for medicine and engineering is a network and platform to discuss interdisciplinary dialogues in electronics, informatics, medicine and science.


Trade Fair


Düsseldorf, November 14 to 17, 2016.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Hall 10, Booth G05, “Microelectronic Systems and Devices of Fraunhofer IIS“, and at Hall 15, Booth A23, “Wearable Technologies and Smart Textiles“ (FitnessSHIRT and High Performance Center Electronic Systems (Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme LZE). Please feel free to visit us!



Endoscopy Course 2017

2nd Hands-on Course on “Diagnostic and Interventional Endoscopy“ for Engineers and Medical Technicians, April 21 to 22, 2017

Further Information



Certified to ISO 13485



Image Processing and Medical Engineering


Christian Weigand

Contact Press / Media

Christian Weigand

Head of Department Image Processing and Medical Engineering

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-7300

Fax +49 9131 776-7309