Virtual Population Analysis Improves Orthopedic Implant Design
The orthopedic industry is seeking new methods to drive innovation as greater attention is given to improving patient outcomes and controlling healthcare costs. One method that has been embraced by many companies over the past few years is the use of population analysis based on computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine new implant shapes and sizes. This technology promises to reduce design iterations, the number of cadaver labs and the risks associated with design errors. Population analysis also can be a powerful argument in convincing regulatory bodies, hospital management and surgeons of the thorough sizing rationale and good performance of a new implant system.