CHHM Core Research Members, Dr. Antony Hodgson and Dr. Pierre Guy, co-found new spin-off company - Traumis Surgical Systems Inc.

CHHM Core Research Members, Dr. Antony Hodgson and Dr. Pierre Guy, co-found new spin-off company - Traumis Surgical Systems Inc.

Traumis Surgical Systems Inc.

Traumis Surgical Systems was founded around a medical device developed within the lab of Dr. Antony Hodgson, director of the graduate program in Biomedical Engineering, and member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Intramedullary nailing is a technique frequently used for the repair of long bone fractures, such as the tibia. A nail is inserted through the fractured bone and then secured in place by perpendicular screws which go through the bone and a hole in the nail. This frequently-performed procedure relies on an awkward and time-consuming step of installing locking screw through hidden holes in the nail under x-ray guidance (a well-documented surgical challenge).

SmartDrill is a computer-assisted aiming and guidance system integrated into a surgical drill, primarily for use in distal locking of intramedullary nails into which an accompanying sensor has been inserted. The SmartDrill will allow surgeons to install the locking screws quickly and reliably and without the use of intraoperative x-rays. The primary benefits are markedly reduced operating room time and nearly total elimination of radiation exposure to the surgical team and the patient.

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