As life expectancy rises, orthopedic researchers are extending the life of joint implants and developing innovative replacement therapies for aging hips, knees, shoulders and spines. Successful companies invest heavily in engineering simulation to develop the best possible design while ensuring implantable product reliability.

Orthapedics arrow Stress calculation in the hip prosthesis and cap
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Pioneer companies that laid the foundation for the orthopedic industry — many of whom are now leaders — rely on ANSYS technology to help manage risk, improve insight, accelerate product development and meet regulatory targets.

ANSYS leads the way in in silico modeling, which brings together multiphysics material properties, patient-specific human physiology, surgical procedures and manufacturing processes. Though no two patients are alike, the ideal business compromise is developing prosthesis models that fit a vast majority of the population.

Forward-thinking organizations address regulations with respect to implants and MRI: They combine thermomechanical and electromagnetics analysis to evaluate temperature increase due to MRI interaction with the prosthesis.