Virtual Treatment Evaluation
Once a personalized spine model has been created for a functional diagnostic, patient outcomes for different surgical constructs can be evaluated virtually prior to surgery. The outcomes of these virtual treatments can help a surgeon choose between various contemplated constructs for a specific patient. In addition, this technique can be used by surgical device companies to perform rapid prototyping and design patient-specific implants.
The virtual treatment example below shows a total disc replacement at L5-S1. A study performed at the Spine Research Institute found that for this individual, the total disc replacement resulted in increased motion at the L5-S1 level. This increase in motion created larger ligament and facet contact forces compared to the original healthy spine.