NIMIT (Novel Instruments for Minimally Invasive Techniques) is a world-leading centre for research and development of devices for minimally invasive techniques. The solutions developed by NIMIT aim to change the playfield of minimally invasive therapies and medical imaging.
Minimally invasive interventions are critical to improvement of healthcare efficiency, enhancement of the quality of care provided, and cost reduction. The major advantages of these techniques are: reduced risk of wound infection, shorter recovery time, reduced postoperative pain, and shorter hospital stay. All will lead to a proven faster resumption of regular activities, and reduced working hours for the nursing staff. Easy access for the interventionist to all parts of the body through small incisions, will make new procedures possible.
Access to every region of the body is currently not possible because of the complexity involved in the miniaturization of therapeutic and diagnostic devices. To facilitate further progress in minimally invasive interventions, instruments must become even less invasive and have to provide access to deep anatomic structures. This requires fundamental changes to the traditional engineering approach. Tailored, slender and multi-steerable instruments with adaptable stiffness and with transmission of force information using new sensors, such as biocompatible force sensors, need to be developed to overcome the current limitations. Additionally, new technology to support instrument navigation is required.
The mission of theme Minimally Invasive Technology is to develop (affordable) innovative devices and procedures for minimally invasive interventions with an added value for science, society and business. These devices should be easy-to-use instruments, capable of safely and effectively reaching all critical parts of the body. NIMIT’s solutions will have a major impact on conventional treatment and on post-operative care. Breakthroughs are anticipated through collaboration between engineers and clinicians from different disciplines.
NIMIT’s objective is to be a world-leading center for research and development of new devices for minimally invasive techniques. The challenge NIMIT faces is the development of instruments which are able to reach, diagnose and treat tissue at any location in the body, whilst preventing damage to healthy, delicate tissues. The key technologies that are developed within NIMIT focus on a drastically reduced invasiveness of inserted instruments, on tissue characterization, biocompatible sensors, image guidance in interventions and easily usable techniques. The proposed activities within NIMIT cover the complete innovation chain from problem definition to product.