Diagnosis & Personalized Medicine
Courtesy of AnyBody Technology A/S and Laboratory for Biomechanics,
University of Applied Sciences Regensburg
No matter how easy the doctors on TV make it look, successfully diagnosing a health issue can be difficult.
Geometry is different for each person: tissue, organs, blood and bone are patient specific. Determining how an implant will work in a particular patient requires a thorough examination.
Recent medical innovations, such as scans and imaging technology, have resulted in less invasive procedures to make exams easier, safer and faster. Still, the complexity of the body poses a multidimensional challenge to medical experts.
ANSYS is working to understand the needs of patients so it can better anticipate the challenges that engineers and designers face as they work to improve systems.
Using a combination of imaging techniques, engineering simulation technology and patient-specific data, healthcare professionals will be able to adjust treatment protocols specific to each patient. And, in many cases, the treatment time, along with the number of procedures required to correct the problem, will be reduced, saving patients and healthcare providers time and money.
For example, a bone implant that works in one patient may not be the right fit for another. ANSYS software empowers designers to take human variability into account by facilitating the generation of a large number of virtual human bone geometries. Orthopedic companies can then test new designs on a wide range of patients, ensuring a more personalized fit for each person.
In the case of drug delivery systems, ANSYS software provides the framework for testing the flow of particles in a wide range of operating conditions. For example, an inhaler works differently in each patient, depending upon the pressures exerted during inhaling and exhaling. Using ANSYS tools, researchers can import and nearly seamlessly mesh a complex patient-specific lung tree, making it possible to follow the journey of drug particles of various sizes and shapes as they enter the lungs.
Doctors are challenged daily to make quick decisions about diagnoses and treatment. Using ANSYS software import complex biological geometries, model physics interactions and perform automatic design exploration analysis, healthcare professionals will be able to develop the next generation of tools that will give doctors the ability to do their job more efficiently and effectively.