This project is joint work with co-PIs Tom Brown and Donald Anderson from the University of Iowa and is a part of a larger P50 CORT grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), There are two main goals for our research contribution to the project. They are :
- To further develop and refine a 3-D puzzle-solving computer algorithm for automated virtual reconstruction of comminuted extremity fractures, given surface and volumetric segmentations of a set of dispersed bony fragments, and given their associated (pre-injury) template surface and volumetric segmentation. The algorithm’s output will be a probabilistically-based estimate of the location (position and orientation) from which each of the measured fragments originated from within the template.
- To collaborate in developing methodologies to quantify the amount of tissue disruption occurring during injury, due to motion of fragments from their initial anatomic positions to their (displaced) post-injury positions apparent on CT.