A growing number of patients has undergone both a total hip and a total knee replacement in the same leg. Researchers at the Biomechanics section of the University of Leuven wanted to understand whether the distance between the hip and knee implants — the ‘interprosthetic gap’ — would influence the femoral strength. This required a robust workflow for creating accurate finite element models. Using the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite allowed the researchers to generate accurate surface and volume meshes based on medical image data.
A 43 year-old female runner suffered a displaced right femoral neck stress fracture that failed to heal with conservative treatment. She was treated at an outside hospital with percutaneous reduction and internal fixation.
Dr. Mehta is an enthusiastic advocate of digital pre-operative planning and has selected OrthoView software as the solution for his division. Here he explains how his division will benefit from using OrthoView for planning and templating procedures.
Finding out that you are going to have a baby may be one of the happiest days of your life. Sadly for one family in New York, the joy quickly turned to fear and uncertainty when they found out their baby would be born with a complex form of congenital heart disease.
Standard orthopaedic plating systems don’t always match a patient’s anatomy. Prof. Dr. Stockmans used the Mimics Innovation Suite to optimize the design of a hand plating system for an optimal fit through virtual design iterations.
Imagine having shoes that not only fit perfectly for your feet, but even for the way you move, step and run. And imagine that to find these shoes, all you had to do was walk or run on a scanner for a few moments — and wait a few days for 3D-printed insoles adapted to the exact shape of your feet.
At the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mansour AlJufan and his team are treating patients with structural and congenital heart defects. Dr. AlJufan recognized early on that 3D-printed models of a patient’s anatomy could greatly assist in planning complex interventional procedures.
Doctors at King’s College Hospital, London, planned a 3D bimaxillary orthognathic surgery to design a 3D-printed, patient-specific, titanium mandibular plate to restore a patient's facial symmetry and function.
Removing Helena’s tumor was complicated because of the tumor’s proximity to her knee joint. A standard procedure with a 3cm margin would have likely have required an amputation. Here’s how Dr. Gwen Sys managed to save Helena’s knee joint, with the help of 3D Printing.