The Materialise Mimics Innovation Awards (MIA) have been acknowledging and rewarding researchers who have excelled in medical innovations since 2005. The competition offers international recognition and a monetary prize that empowers winners to continue their research, regardless of the discipline. Participants come from universities, hospitals, medical device companies and research centers that use the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite software.
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Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, are proposing a new concept called just-in-time, that applies to additive manufacturing (AM) prosthesis design. This particular approach adopted by the Australian research converts raw CT scan data directly into 3D printable porous calcaneal prostheses.
Researchers at the University of Kragujevac have proposed a new, non-invasive 3D methodology to assess scoliosis, in which spine measurements can be performed by limiting radiation exposure and human intervention.
Since 2005, Materialise has put the spotlight on researchers and their groundbreaking work. This is done every year through the Mimics Innovation Awards. The competition recognizes the industry’s most original and important achievements within Medical 3D printing. Learn more about the Mimics Innovation Awards 2015 winners.
For patients with early stages of osteoarthritis, high tibial osteotomy (HTO) can be a useful treatment option. In the closing-wedge version of this operation, a wedge of bone is cut out of the lateral side of the tibia, whereas with the opening-wedge osteotomy, a bone graft is inserted in a cut made on the medial side. Both realign the knee and relieve pressure from the joint. The closing-wedge technique is more common, but recently, the opening-wedge osteotomy has become more popular since it is less invasive and possibly results in less deformity of the proximal tibia.
Gender reassignment surgery has come a long way since Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld performed some of the world’s first male-to-female operations in Berlin in the 1930’s. Transsexual men and women are able to reassign their gender with a much higher degree of success than in those early 20th century operations, and the medical field is continuously advancing its possibilities. Mimics Innovation Award winner Dr. Claudio Storck is one such researcher evolving the boundaries of what is possible. A specialist in Otolaryngology, or the field of medicine which deals with the ear, nose and throat region, he has focused his research on improving the outcome of phonosurgery in transgender patients.
Hip disorders such as cartilage degeneration or bone fractures are common pathologies which are often treated with prosthetic surgery. Andrea Calvo-Echenique from the University of Zaragoza, Spain investigated how to prolong the lifespan of hip prostheses, and assessed the best options by comparing different stems and bearing materials. Her goals were to reduce the wear in bearing surfaces, as well as reducing the loosening of the stem, which tends to be caused by a lack of mechanical load in the bone. She received a Mimics innovation Award for the best poster submission in 2015.
Stent-assisted coil embolization (SACE) is widely accepted for the endovascular treatment of wide-neck or complex cerebral aneurysms. Dr. Kenichi Kono and his team at the Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital of Kanagawa in Japan have assessed and compared the hemodynamic effect of stent struts and straightening of vessels. They tested out the effects of stent placement on reducing flow velocity in sidewall cerebral aneurysms with the goal of reducing recanalization rates. Thanks to this groundbreaking study, Dr. Kono was the Global Mimics Innovation Award winner in 2015.
There are a variety of surgical and medical options that a transgender person can choose from to reassign their gender. However, even after surgery, a transgender woman might still retain the low voice that is characteristic of her original, male gender. Sometimes this can be improved through speech therapy, but if that fails, the patient will usually be referred to a laryngologist for phonosurgery.
There are many hypotheses about the effects of human characteristics on injuries, and they can be assessed more accurately through the use of a parametric human finite element (FE) model. This model can be morphed automatically into other models to represent a diverse population. Dr. Jingwen Hu and his team at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, USA have managed to develop this very same parametric model, and have given it the ability to predict injuries and represent different human anatomies. Dr. Hu won the first prize for the “Best Article Award: North & South America” of the Mimics Innovation Awards in 2015.