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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Orthopedics Researchers use NVIDIA Technology to Study Whiplash

 NVIDIA Quadro technology
Dang Orthopedics, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California—San Francisco, and the New England Musculoskeletal Institute at the University of Connecticut Health Center, uses NVIDIA Quadro technology for evaluating the biomechanical effects of the spine and shoulder when it is exposed to harsh movements such as whiplash.
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By Advanced Imaging Editorial Staff

Working with these sophisticated tools requires high-precision, scientific visualization and a complex software development environment throughout the entire development process, from conception to post-simulation data analysis. The size and number of the models that needed to be loaded simultaneously, the computational burden, and the need to view the final results on multiple, high-resolution monitors meant that Dang Orthopedics needed a high-end, professional graphics solution for its systems. The choice was NVIDIA (Santa Clara, Calif.) professional graphics technology and NVIDIA multi-display technology, the solution that provided the graphics horsepower, stability, and visual fidelity.

As a result of Dr. Dang's research, surgeons have quantitative data on the biomechanical effects at the adjacent motion segments following cervical spine fusion for the first time. This information will guide future research in the area of multi-level artificial vertebral disc replacement and hopefully reduce the incidence and severity of post-surgical complications like accelerated arthritis.

"Our use of professional graphics technology from NVIDIA provides us with uncompromising stability and multi-monitor performance, even with large 30-inch 2560 x 1600 displays," says Alan B.C. Dang, M.D. "The ability to load multiple 3D models, terminal windows, and documents simultaneously without running out of graphics horsepower or compromising visual fidelity or system stability allows us to focus our energy on the research tasks at hand instead of troubleshooting technical issues."



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