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  • Medical diagnostics / 2020

    MRI images: more efficient, quieter and faster

    Press Release / December 01, 2020

    Experiments with the metamaterial disk in a magnetic resonance scanner identified as much as a fivefold increase in measurement sensitivity.
    © Fraunhofer MEVIS

    Magnetic resonance imaging has become an indispensable tool for medical diagnostics. Using metamaterials – printed circuit boards whose properties can be systematically adjusted – can increase measurement sensitivity by a factor of five. Metamaterials can also make scans faster and quieter. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes for Digital Medicine MEVIS and for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR are working together to make examinations more pleasant for patients.

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  • Radar sensors from Fraunhofer FHR to measure breathing frequency without contact / 2020

    Decentralized monitoring of COVID-19 patients: M3Infekt project launched

    Press Release / November 04, 2020

    The goal is a monitoring system for measuring vital parameters from a distance
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    M3Infekt, a Fraunhofer cluster project, aims to develop a monitoring system that enables early intervention in the event that a patient’s condition sud-denly starts to deteriorate. It will be a modular, multimodal and mobile sys-tem, and will also be suitable for use in the treatment of COVID-19 pa-tients. By facilitating the required intervention at an early stage, the system helps to lessen the effects of disease, shorten the duration of therapy and make flexible use of intensive care wards.

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  • Consumer protection / 2020

    Using radar to detect foreign objects in foods

    Press Release / November 02, 2020

    Im Radarbild lässt sich ein zuvor in der Schokocreme platzierter Glassplitter erkennen.
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    Foreign objects – glass splinters, for example – that find their way into foods can be hazardous to consumers. Established X-ray techniques detect primarily metals – glass, plastic and wood pose a challenge. SAMMI®, a new prototype, fills this gap: using radar, it has already detected glass splinters in sandwich cookies, as well as missing pieces of chocolate in advent calendars.

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  • Rapid rescue of buried people

    Press Release / October 01, 2020

    Testing the radar-based detection of the vital parameters of a group of people as they move naturally in an environment at Fraunhofer FHR.
    © Patrick Wallrath/Fraunhofer FHR

    When someone is buried by an avalanche, earthquake or other disaster, a rapid rescue can make the difference between life and death. The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR has developed a new kind of mobile radar device that can search hectare-sized areas quickly and thoroughly. The new technology combines greater mobility with accurate detection of vital signs.

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  • Nicht nur Weltraumbeobachtung: Radar bietet heute viele andere Anwendungsmöglichkeiten, die das Fraunhofer FHR in seiner neuen Online-Vortragsserie «Radar in Aktion» präsentieren wird.
    © Fraunhofer FHR / Jens Fiege

    To communicate the various new applications, which became possible with radar by the technological advancements of the last years, compactly and understandably to a broad public: This is the aim of "Radar in Action", the online lecture series of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR, which was launched with great success in June 2020. Since in times of Corona a personal presentation of the research work at fairs and conferences is not possible, the institute developed a digital format for customers, partners and interested parties from industry, politics, science and society. In order to stay in contact with the international network, the events are now also offered in English.

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