In vivo, in vitro, in silico. Jan Hertwig and Christoph Müller held a Lab Talk with us about the latter, i.e. solving medical questions on the computer. As a small, highly specialized team, CADFEM Medical within the CADFEM Group brings simulation technologies from the automotive, aerospace and aeronautics industries into medicine. It thereby expands the diagnostic and therapeutic offerings of established medical device manufacturers and makes physical simulations available to physicians and clinical personnel. The key to this is a specially developed software platform called docq, whose operation and accessibility addresses this target group.
The applications of simulation in medicine are diverse and incredibly exciting. One example is research into Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, for which simulation is also to be used in the future for diagnosis and therapy. The docq OSA software developed for this purpose, currently still a prototype, follows this approach. Recording the patient's breathing cycles and 3D data makes it possible to simulate how the air flows through the airways, creating negative and positive pressure and potentially deforming the tissue plastically. On this basis, the diagnosis can be objectified, and the selection of the appropriate therapy can be made easier.
Further applications include testing and verifying individually manufactured implants by simulating the forces acting on the specific material. Thus, implants and their attachment to human tissue such as bone can be simulated and objectively evaluated. Simulations can also provide valuable information for the risk assessment of bulges in central blood vessels (abdominal aortic aneurysms) for therapy planning.
Simulation is a powerful tool. CADFEM Medical provides this tool, as well as the building blocks for communication and visualization – so that doctors can use them for diagnosis and therapy. As a science-oriented and research-driven company, CADFEM Medical forms a bridge between research and real innovation in the market. We want to thank Jan and Christoph for the fascinating insight into the world of simulation.
We are all inspired and excited about the future.