Individualisierte Implantate und Prothesen für die Versorgung unterer Extremitäten (IIP-EXTREM)

Individualisierte Implantate und Prothesen für die Versorgung unterer Extremitäten (IIP-EXTREM)

Severe injuries of the lower leg require individual treatment and often require the treating doctors to make difficult decisions. The funded research project  IIP-EXTREM in the BMB+F program „Individualized Medical Technology“ aims to provide technical support for those decisions and make them more quantitative.

The project follows two strategies: the first strategy aims for reconstruction using individualized and standardized implants. Powerful simulations and visualizations based on clinical CT or MRT data will help to re-orient bone fragments, make decisions concerning the right choice of implant and finally generate individual implants. The fabrication of the implants will be performed using modern methods of additive metal fabrication.

The second strategy will come in place if a severe injury makes an amputation inevitable. In this case, simulation software  will help to create an exact fitting, high performance prothesis shaft.

Both subprojects aim to use efficient simulations and modern additive manufacturing methods to optimize the production chain and save expensive recurring treatments.

The clinical side of the consortium is represented by the Chair of Orthopedics of the Trauma Surgery of the university Witten/Herdecke. The simulation and its validation is developed jointly between the Chair of Applied Mechanics of Saarland University and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), that also creates the user interfaces. Individualized implants are developed and manufactured by Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG, the prothesis shafts are developed and manufactured by Ottobock HealthCare GmbH, who also coordinates the consortium.

Project duration: 01.06.2016 – ???

Contact: Dr Tim Dahmen