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Disior – At the Crossroads of Med and Tech

Disior – At the Crossroads of Med and Tech

What do you get when you bring together one medical doctor, one doctor of biomechanics, and two engineers? If the engineers come from the world of mathematical modeling, simulations, and all things virtual – one of them knowing how to make the magic happen, and the other, how to turn that magic into a product, you get Disior.

Today, Disior is building and piloting its software that tracks, analyzes and optimizes bone fracture treatment. It is clinical software that doctors use to get more information out of the 3D X-ray images of the patient.

Looking back to summer 2016, Disior was an idea, a concept taken from one world and introduced to another. Anna-Maria and Sakari, who had created virtual build systems and simulations software for Nokia over the past two decades, and worked as a team for years, were looking at the whole mobile manufacturing organization being shut down. The conversation went along the lines:

“I don’t want to see this knowledge go to waste. The way of building mathematical models… It’s not a molding tool that you just trash when the line is discontinued.”

“But weren’t we planning to move on, and to do something totally different?”

“What if we could do both? What if we could take the logic, and apply it to a different setup, a different industry?”

After a hundred phone calls and visits to hospitals, talking to doctors: orthopedics, maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, radiologists and a dentist or two, the concept became clear. Our vision had been to bring the doctors the best possible digital tools from the world of industrial R&D, based on what helps the medical professionals most. We want to give doctors the tools that they need – not the tools that an engineer wants to build.

Luckily, while the human body is an extremely complex mechanism, its mechanics are very logical and, like everything else, follow the rules of physics, what comes to movement, material density and forces such as stress, torque and load. Knowing this, it has been a road of unlimited possibilities. Or, limited to 206 – the number of different bones in a human skeleton.

The Disior software turns the CT-image data into a mathematical model and can then automatically and objectively measure both the fracture parameters that are today observed to classify fractures. But as it sees the patient case as millions of data points, it can perform more complex calculations, such as mechanical durability of the fracture and patient-specific, mechanically optimized way of plating or screwing in an implant.

In over-simplified engineering English, these would translate as:

“Is cast enough, or does this need an operation where the fractured bones are screwed together with titanium support plates or rails?”;

“How much weight can the fractured, casted ankle take?”;

“How much rehabilitation and at what stage is good for the healing?”; and

“How do I optimize the amount and the positioning of metal in a fractured jaw?”.

These are just some of the questions, that doctors are going through when treating a patient. Our goal is to provide them with a software that can give them more information to assess and to answer these questions – in their daily clinical work.

And this is where piloting and co-creation come in. To get the best out of both worlds, we want to show the medical doctors what is possible in terms of virtual modelling, computer-aided design and advanced mathematics, and we want to hear from them how they would apply these.

To get started, drop us a note or call us, and we’ll show you what we have – and what we could possibly do together. And remember, any question of “How”, “Why” or “Would this be possible” is valuable to us. Innovation never happened without those questions, even at the crossroads.

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