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​Multi-million Swedish investment in precise orthopaedics

Press release   •   Mar 13, 2017 14:30 GMT

Medical Systems

Linköping – 8 February 2017

17 – An innovative new initiative within orthopaedics is now starting through the PRECIIS project. The project is operated by a consortium of 14 partners with representatives from Swedish industry, health care and the academic world. The project represents a joint investment totalling SEK 20 million, with the innovation agency Vinnova putting up half of the financing. In Sweden some form of complication arises in up to 15 per cent of procedures within orthopaedic implant surgery, and one of the project's ultimate objectives is to drastically reduce the number of such consequential injuries.

Orthopaedics is an important and resource-intensive part of the health service. An elderly population and increasing demands for mobility even at an advanced age mean that implant surgery is a dominant and increasing part of orthopaedics.

– "Orthopaedic health care generally maintains a very high level of quality, but every year there are also many patients where the correct use of modern technology would have produced a better outcome and less problems," says Pelle Gustafsson, Chief Physician at Landstingens Ömsesidiga Försäkringsbolag, Löf, a Swedish health care insurance provider.

Traditionally, the orthopaedic work flow surrounding the physical material (the implant) has been separate from digital image processing. A cornerstone in the project is to unite these two areas so that innovative new solutions can be developed based on a seamless link between the digital and physical areas. Modern imaging provides major opportunities, which have not yet been utilised to their full potential within orthopaedics.

The project comprises a number of technical innovations within the field with targeted use in pre-operative planning and post-operative follow-up.

Qualisys role in the project consists of providing expert motion capture knowledge and to examine the use of kinematics in order to drive the 3D models created from volumetric medical imaging (computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging). The idea is, by combining these types of information, to provide a more patient oriented individual orthopedic assessment.

Qualisys is a leading provider of motion capture technology and has a long history of supplying research, engineering and sports facilities with high-end camera systems and expertise in capturing and analyzing movements. Qualisys offers a wide range of products and services and has offices in Gothenburg, Chicago and Shanghai.

Our customers are found in the biomechanical research, sports biomechanics and medical sectors. Our systems are also used for engineering and specialized industrial purposes.

Qualisys is certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and compliant with Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, which demonstrates our commitment to provide highest possible quality products and services to our customers. The certifications reflect our ongoing investment in technology, process and people.

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