Looking back at AAOS 2018

Another year has passed, and so has another meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). It is the largest assembly of orthopedic professionals in the world. With our innovative solutions for the diagnosis of bone diseases, ImageBiopsy Lab travelled all the way to New Orleans, Louisiana to get right in there. Our research partner Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan Nehrer of Danube University Krems joined us on this journey. We spent four days packed with presentations, exhibitions and conversations with orthopedists.

AAOS 2018: Our impressions

AAOS 2018 ImageBiopsy Lab Our research partner Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan Nehrer at AAOS. Many poster to take in!

The first striking impression is the sheer scale of the event. AAOS 2018 was held at the Morial Convention Center, which covers an area of over 100,000 m2. Over 30,000 visitors attended the presentations and exhibitions, making it the single largest orthopedic gathering in the world.

This year’s AAOS had a strong focus on arthroplasty, in particular total knee arthroplasty. Exhibitors as well as posters mostly covered new advances and techniques in this field. These include the use of 3D printing and new computer modeling techniques for surgery. These modern techniques all fall under the realm of “digital orthopedics”.

AAOS 2018 ImageBiopsy Lab Our research partner Univ. Prof. Stefan Nehrer heading to the sports medicine section – exactly his area of expertise!We listened to many interesting talks addressing osteoarthritis, including “The biological and mechanical challenges of disease modification for osteoarthritis” by Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD. He is a renowned orthopedic specialist and has worked as a team physician for LA Galaxy, the USA soccer team as well as member of the medical committee for FIFA and the Olympic Games.

CEO Richard Ljuhar and Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan Nehrer proudly presenting our research poster.

Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD was one of the people who stopped by our poster presentation, which led to a very interesting conversation. A range of orthopedists gave us encouraging feedback on our research, including Dr. Christian Fialka, medical director of the accident hospital Meidling in Vienna.

Overall, we were introduced to numerous novel techniques in the field of digital orthopedics and arthroplasty in particular.

What we took away from the innovations presented at AAOS 2018: There is a lot of potential for AI applications.