‘E-SPINE’, The Virtual Physiological Korean Spine Project
Prof. Yoon Hyuk Kim (Kyung Hee University)
In 2009, we have launched a new inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary project named as “e-Spine” which is the virtual physiological Korean spine project. The e-Spine project proposes a solution to help diagnosis, surgical/non-surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of spinal diseases by combining biomechanics, clinical knowledge, information technology, computer-environment, and medical manufacturing technology.
As the first step, we have developed the standard Korean spine biomechanical models of various grades from imaging data of cadavers and patients with osteoporosis and other major degenerative problems. In addition, large scale of elderly spine database and information management/service system was constructed using ontology. Then, the virtual spine simulator is being validated using various experiments and imaging analyses.
The standard Korean spine biomechanical models with various grades and types of chronic and degenerative spinal diseases were validated with patient-specific in-vivo joint kinematics by Bi-plane X-ray images, disc pressure data by invasive intradiscal pressure transducer, inter-segmental joint stiffness using cadaveric experiment, EMG signal of the trunk muscles, and micro-CT imaging analysis of osteoporotic trabecular strut analysis.
The Korean e-Spine project consortium opens the research data and output to the domestic and international researchers for world-wide research network to enhance the solution of elderly spine related disease and problems.
産業技術総合研究所 ヒューマンライフテクノロジー研究部門 西田正浩