University of Luxembourg


Posted by Lidia from University of LuxembourgResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Luxembourg

Summary of the technology

Stereotactic neurosurgery is a minimally invasive form of surgical intervention that makes use of a three dimensional coordinate system, attached to the skull of the patient, to precisely navigate surgical instruments to a specific position within the patient’s brain.
In this context, the pPlates is a novel localizer tool which suited for fully automatic detection through a fiducial ball arrangements. The invention can be used at neurosurgical departments that offer stereotactic interventions with frames as it is compatible with existing stereotactic base

University of Luxembourg


  • Better comfort than current systems and a lower psychological stress to the patient by increasing the headspace on the stereotactic base frame.
  • Suited for fully automatic detection.
  • Extremely accurate when using automatic algorithms.
  • Suitable for 2D/3D registration
  • Immediate post-operative Xray can be carried out with the pPlates mounted on the stereotactic frame.


  • Patent pending
  • 3D printed prototype has been produced and extensive theoretical accuracy simulations have been carried out.
  • Test in a real clinical operating room setting has been carried out.
  • Only small changes are needed to apply the system to other commercial stereotactic base frames.

Technology Owner

University of Luxembourg

Research & Technology Organization

Related keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Neurology, Brain Research
  • Surgery
  • Detection and Analysis methods
  • Surgical instrumentation and equipment
  • detection
  • localizers
  • xrays
  • stereotactic surgery

About University of Luxembourg

Research & Technology Organization from Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg, founded in 2003, is a European research university with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It is a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, close to European institutions, innovative companies and the financial place.

With nearly 6,200 students and about 1,700 employees from all over the globe, the University offers a unique mix of international excellence and national relevance, delivering knowledge for society and businesses. The University has three faculties and three interdisciplinary centers:

• The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC)
• The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF)
• The Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE)
• The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)
• The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)
• Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

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