At this week’s meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Specialists, Cedara Software, Inc. is debuting a pair of new software image-processing utilities that aim to speed and simplify preparation for orthopaedic surgery. From the company’s
ImageSnap Technology has been used to implement a variety of time saving features including Automatic Templating and Spine Analysis.
…Automatic Templating automatically selects and positions digital orthopaedic implant overlays from a specified manufacturer. In traditional orthopaedic implant selection, surgeons use acetate templates, overlaid on x-rays, to determine sizing and positioning for prosthetics. Most digital orthopaedic solutions on the market today similarly attempt to duplicate this work process through electronic means. Both of these approaches can be quite time-consuming. With ImageSnap Technology, laborious tasks such as measurements, implant size selection and placement are automatically performed by the application, allowing surgeons to accept, refine or change the suggestions.
…Cedara’s OrthoWorks Spine Analyzer™, ImageSnap Technology has also been implemented to automatically detect the bone contours of spinal vertebrae in the space of several mouse clicks. This replaces the onerous task of manual vertebral tracing and measurements with rulers and protractors on film. Specific modules exist for cervical, lumbar, postural and frontal analysis. Functional range of motion, mean centers of vertebral rotation, lordosis, and kyphosis are just a few of the 500 x-ray-based spine parameters that are available in Spine Analyzer’s graphical display.
More may be available at the company’s site…