New orthopaedic implant management tool for computer-assisted planning, navigation, and simulation: From implant CAD files to a standardized XML-based implant database

Sagbo, Serge Irené Godonou; Blochaou, F.; Langlotz, Frank; Vangenot, C.; Nolte, Lutz-Peter; Zheng, Guoyan (2005). New orthopaedic implant management tool for computer-assisted planning, navigation, and simulation: From implant CAD files to a standardized XML-based implant database. Computer aided surgery, 10(5-6), pp. 311-319. Taylor & Francis 10.3109/10929080500389803

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Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) has made much progress over the last 10 years. Navigation systems have been recognized as important tools that help surgeons, and various such systems have been developed. A disadvantage of these systems is that they use non-standard formalisms and techniques. As a result, there are no standard concepts for implant and tool management or data formats to store information for use in 3D planning and navigation. We addressed these limitations and developed a practical and generic solution that offers benefits for surgeons, implant manufacturers, and CAS application developers. We developed a virtual implant database containing geometrical as well as calibration information for orthopedic implants and instruments, with a focus on trauma. This database has been successfully tested for various applications in the client/server mode. The implant information is not static, however, because manufacturers periodically revise their implants, resulting in the deletion of some implants and the introduction of new ones. Tracking these continuous changes and keeping CAS systems up to date is a tedious task if done manually. This leads to additional costs for system development, and some errors are inevitably generated due to the huge amount of information that has to be processed. To ease management with respect to implant life cycle, we developed a tool to assist end-users (surgeons, hospitals, CAS system providers, and implant manufacturers) in managing their implants. Our system can be used for pre-operative planning and intra-operative navigation, and also for any surgical simulation involving orthopedic implants. Currently, this tool allows addition of new implants, modification of existing ones, deletion of obsolete implants, export of a given implant, and also creation of backups. Our implant management system has been successfully tested in the laboratory with very promising results. It makes it possible to fill the current gap that exists between the CAS system and implant manufacturers, hospitals, and surgeons.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics ISTB [discontinued]

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Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Sagbo, Serge Irené Godonou; Langlotz, Frank; Nolte, Lutz-Peter and Zheng, Guoyan


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 620 Engineering




Taylor & Francis




Guoyan Zheng

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26 Jul 2017 15:43

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