Ex Nokia engineers’ clinical decision support startup helps doctors analyze and treat bone fractures

The cutbacks at Nokia in recent years have prompted former staff with mobile hardware and software experience, design and engineering backgrounds to build their own business or help others launch tech startups. One such business is an early stage clinical decision support business for orthopedics based in Helsinki called Disior.

CEO Anna-Maria Henell worked for 15 years creating virtual simulations and modeling systems for technology research and development organizations. A medical adviser for the business, Dr. Risto Kontio is the chairman of the department for Maxillofacial surgery at the University of Helsinki Hospital.

Disior’s software converts medical images into 3D images covered in a mathematical grid that’s designed to help physicians assess fractures and pinpoint whether an implant is needed, where it should be placed, whether it can be minimized and what movement would look like. Physicians can use the interactive 3D images to optimize the mechanical stress on the bone and the screw interface, as well.

The conversion tool cuts a process that used to take a few weeks down to a few minutes. That could also reduce the risk of a fracture healing before it has to be rebroken, reducing patients’ pain, discomfort, and medical expenses.

The focus has been on wrists, ankles, orbital and facial fractures around the eye and jaw. The technology is intended to be used with augmented reality goggles from Hololens.

By Stephanie Baum | MedCity News

Image Credit: Disior


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