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Inova's unique Biomechanics Research Laboratory improves patient outcomes through advanced orthopedic research. Using virtual surgery technology to help physicians customize the best treatment solutions, the simulations are like a "test drive" of a surgical procedure before the patient and physician ever enter an operating room. The resulting information can dramatically improve outcomes for patients and makes this one-of-a-kind Northern Virginia research lab a leader in musculoskeletal biomechanics.
The simulations are well suited to many orthopedic conditions, including:
- Joint replacements
- Traumatic bone injuries
- Bone cancer
- Chronic back and joint pain
- Pediatric orthopedic problems
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Inova innovation means better results
Current research efforts include both mechanical testing and computer simulation. A state-of-the-art Bionix MTS system allows researchers to perform stress tests on bones and implants, mimicking real-life situations.
A surgeon planning to perform a total joint replacement, for example, can test a specific implant's performance under stress by simulating the patient's weight and activity level. This customized approach means even better results for patients and a faster return to normal activities.
Virtual surgery helps narrow choices
Surgeons can conduct "virtual surgery" on an orthopedic patient in advance of the actual procedure.
- The patient's CT or MRI scans form the foundation of a 3-D model of the damaged bone
- Software helps physicians evaluate which of several treatment options is best suited to the patient
- Software also simulates how the repaired bone or joint will respond to strain over time given the patient's own profile
The goals of Inova Biomechanics Research Laboratory
- To foster biomechanical and clinical research among orthopedic surgeons and help them to solve complex clinical problems
- To apply the principles of mechanics and biology to understand basic mechanisms related to the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system
- To design, analyze and develop bone-implant and prosthetic systems
- To educate residents in performing independent, high-quality research in orthopedic biomechanics