Flagship Project MIRACLE

The flagship project MIRACLE, under the leadership of Prof. Ph. Cattin and Prof. H.-F. Zeilhofer, was funded with 15.2 million Swiss francs by the Werner Siemens Foundation (Zug, Switzerland) and performs research on the boundary between natural sciences and medicine.

MIRACLE, short for Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE, aims to develop a robotic endoscope to perform contact-free bone surgery with laser light.

Laserosteotomy offers several advantages over conventional mechanical bone surgery such as precise and small cuts based on pre-operative planning, functional cut geometry (so-called smart cuts), accelerated healing, and less trauma. Combining laserosteotomy with endoscopy (minimally invasive surgery) will further push the boundaries of feasible applications for the benefits of the patient. MIRACLE is planned to be applied in the fields of orthopedics, cranio-maxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, traumatology, and spinal column surgery.

Achieving the MIRACLE of minimally invasive bone surgery with laser light requires the knowledge of a variety of disciplines. Thus, 2016 four research groups were established at Department of Biomedical Engineering in Allschwil.

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26 June 2017: MIRACLE was featured in the RTS news

The swiss french television has shown a report on the Switzerland Innovation Park (SIP). We gave them an insight into the MIRACLE project and told them which benefits the SIP provides for researchers and companies. link 


26 June 2017: Students Visiting the MIRACLE Project

Students from the Gymnasium Muttenz have visited the MIRACLE project within the scope of their project week on technology. The students had the posibility to experience our virtual reality software SpectoVive and learn more about lasers and robotics.

It was a pleasure to have you as our guests!

Students from the Gymnasium Muttenz visiting the MIRACLE project.
Students from the Gymnasium Muttenz visiting the MIRACLE project.


17 June 2017: The MIRACLE Project @ Bernd Spiessl Symposium 2017

The first conceptual prototype of the MIRACLE project was presented at this year’s Bernd Spiessl Symposium 2017 at the University Hospital Basel. The functional robot prototype (called GG1) is composed of five rotary joints, a linear stage, and an actuated endoscope. For demonstration purposes, an optical fiber was used to transfer the visible red light (633 nm wavelength) from a class IIIa laser to a mockup surgical site onto a skeleton model. The software SpectoVive was used to visualized the pose of the real robot inside a virtual reality scenario. This scenario will once serve as the planning environment. In addition, SpectoVive in combination with augmented reality techniques will allow to visualize the endoscope inside the patient body during the surgical intervention.

See you again in 2018 at the Bernd Spiessl Symposium where we will show the advances of this year’s work!

Video showing GG1 moving towards the knee of a skeleton model together with the visualization in virtual reality.
Left: MIRACLE stands at the Bernd Spiessl Symposium 2017. Right: laser light hitting the knee of a skeleton model.
Left: MIRACLE stands at the Bernd Spiessl Symposium 2017. Right: laser light hitting the knee of a skeleton model.