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TRASIPAN – Training and Simulation System for Panendoscopy

In the binational research project TRASIPAN, the ISTT collaborated with the Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG, the ENT clinic at the University Hospital Leipzig, and the Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology (ACMIT) to develop a simulation system for panendoscopy. 


The panendoscopy, a mirror examination of the upper aerodigestive tract, is the central step in the primary diagnosis of head and neck tumors. With worldwide 650,000 new incidences and 350,000 deaths annually, head and neck squamous cell carcinomas are the sixth most prevalent cancer type. With an overall survival rate of less than 50% after 5 years, therapeutic improvements are urgently needed. For the development and evaluation of modern, individualized treatment strategies, a simulation system is needed in order to conduct controllable clinical trials. Furthermore, the handling of the necessary surgical instruments and the eye-hand-coordination require lots of experience and training, which can be achieved by using a simulation system.

Course of Action

First, a model for the definite and reproducible tumor classification was developed. Subsequently, the model was equipped with sensors to provide feedback on incorrect panendoscopy during training. Finally, the new system was validated.


In close cooperation with project PascAL, a first prototype was developed and validated.

Runtime: October 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014
Project leadership at ISTT: Prof. Dr. Werner Korb
Members of staff at ISTT:
Carol Selig

Letzte Änderung: 23.1.2015
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