Around 2008 research work for the 3D representation of muscle- as well as skeletal structures of the human body commenced at the ETH Zurich. The association with the Balgrist Foundation brought forth a continuation of this research approach and, in close cooperation with surgeons and specialists, its clinical application. Over several years the Balgrist Foundation supported different research projects associated with the CARD-Project (Computer Assisted Research & Development). Leading to the new center for 3D Surgical planning and 3D-Printing at the University Clinic Balgrist.
The goal was to analyze the pathological condition of a patient in 3D and thus, pre-operatively, be able to simulate various approaches to the surgical procedure and identifying the best option for each patient. In addition to these methods of analyzation, patient-specific incision and drilling gauges/navigation instruments could be created to allow for maximum precision in orthopedic surgery.
1. Development of computer algorithms for analysis of pathological situation in 3D
2. Development of the method of preoperative planning using 3D simulations
3. Development and certification of manufacturing and clinical application of 3D printed patient-specific incision and drilling gauges/navigation instruments
4. Gradual expansion of the application to different pathologies in a broad field of anatomies (forearm, humerus, pelvis, femur, tibia, foot, tumor)