07 Interactive clinical visualisation for joint examination
Musculoskeletal disorders are the most notorious and common causes of severe
long-term pain and physical disability, affecting hundreds of millions of
people across the world (www.bonejointdecade.org/). An advanced understanding
of musculoskeletal disorders, through research and in-depth examination, is
absolutely necessary in order to improve prevention and treatment.
During the 1st phase of Co-Me (2001 - 2005), MIRALab (University of Geneva),
VRLab (EPFL) and HUG (University Hospital of Geneva) investigated functional
modelling, simulation and visualisation methods of the hip joint (project 10);
MEMcenter-ISTB (University of Bern) and Inselspital Orthopaedics (University
Hospital of Bern) developed physically-based simulations, validation methods
and surgical applications for orthopaedic surgery with a focus on the hip
(projects 3 and 4). That has led to successful and promising results in
A clinical application for joint examination, diagnosis and treatment
planning will be developed. The functional analysis of the hip joint will be
part of this clinical examination platform. We will consolidate the fundamental
research developed within the three initial projects (3, 4 and 10) of the first
phase and extend it to an interactive clinical examination application. This
aspect of the project will be developed in close collaboration with the
partners in orthopaedics (University Hospital of Geneva, University Hospital of
Bern). We will build a 3D patient-specific functional model of the hip joint
with clinical applications. Surgeons will be able to examine interactively the
active behavior of joint anatomy in order to support their diagnosis.
The objective of this sub-project is to acquire and merge medical data for reconstructing accurate 3D model of the patients' hip joint for clinical examination and to provide interactive visualisation of the reconstructed model.
The goal of this sub-project consists in validating and improving the calibration of the interactive soft tissue models with state-of-the-art FEM based models. The second goal will be to implement the joint simulation in the clinical environment using actual patient cases at the University Hospital of Bern.
The functional hip joint simulation will consist in estimating organs behavior under kinematic or dynamic constraints. This task will extend the soft tissue models developed during phase I to consider additional anatomical components of the joint such as muscles/tendons and synchronising the numerical simulation of each structure in symbiosis as they interact during the simulation.
This sub-project is dedicated to the investigation of medical applications with clinical partners based on the examination framework developed in the project.
This sub-project is dedicated to the acquisition of patients' medical data and clinical studies with medical partners.
Last update on 2011-05-23.