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SpineFlex – flexible antomic model based on synthetics


The aim of the project SpineFlex is to further develop RealSpine, the simulator for the lumbar spine developed at ISTT in the projects ForMaT and TOPINUS, and to extend it to other anatomical pathology.


Today, the goal of modern surgical techniques is to cause the least possible trauma, and if possible, to work minimally invasive. In practice, this means that increasingly smaller incisions are carried out in smaller surgical areas, with increasingly specialized surgical techniques and implant systems. The reliable and safe control of these techniques results in a growing need for training in accordance with different, very specific training scenarios. An anatomical model, based on synthetic material, which is specifically tailored to these scenarios, in turn, must reflect "only" those specific anatomical structures. Real Spine should thus be adaptable to a variety of surgical techniques and training scenarios taking into account the customer needs.

Course of action

The anatomical structures and sensors will be further developed with respect to different training scenarios and different gradations. The aim is to produce high-fidelity models (with sensors and a high level of detail) and financially scalable low-fidelity models (without sensors and with cost-effective anatomy).

Runtime: February 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016
Project leadership: Prof. Dr. Werner Korb
Mitarbeiter: Dr. Luis Bernal, Jochen Handwerk, Ingo Lorber, Gunnar Nitsche

Letzte Änderung: 21.2.2017
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