Streamlining Orthopedic Surgical Planning with Corin and Synopsys Simpleware

Posted on 12 August 2021 by Kerim Genc


Total hip arthroplasties (TKAs) using patient-specific implants have gradually increased in frequency over the last decade, with challenges for developing fast, efficient, and reliable software and device workflows from MRI and CT scans. Synopsys and the Corin Optimized Positioning System (OPS) group have been working together for over 10 years to tackle this problem by developing and streamlining their OPS workflow, which is designed to optimize stability, longevity, biomechanics, and patient outcomes for THAs over time. 

This relationship has grown from a few licenses of the Synopsys Simpleware software platform to a deeply integrated and customized solution for different stages of the OPS workflow where it has been deployed to over 20,000 patients. This has been a long-term relationship where the Simpleware group has focused on aligning to the vision of the OPS group to achieve the success and wide adoption of the OPS system we see today.

More recently, the addition of Machine Learning-based AI technologies, via the Simpleware Custom Modeler solution, enabled Corin to take the next leap in efficiency by completely automating their segmentation and landmarking workflows. This automation significantly speeds up their workflow, eliminates segmentation and landmarking bottlenecks, and frees up their engineers to focus on higher-value tasks. 

According to Alicia Miller, Production Engineering Manager, Corin:

"The Simpleware technology is integral to our production system. We have always had a very good relationship with Synopsys and regularly are able to reach out for their support. The introduction of Simpleware’s Custom Modeler has not only reduced segmentation time but also enabled faster training of the production process to new staff."

Clinical Impact

The use of Corin’s OPS solution has gradually expanded worldwide, and it is currently used for approximately 6,000 cases per year, with the milestone of 20,000 total cases passed earlier this year. In addition, OPS is now available in 13 countries and used by almost 280 surgeons around the globe. The OPS technology has been the subject of 26 peer-reviewed publications, supporting the clinical relevancy and value of this technology.

Next Steps

As the use of patient specific workflows for device design and surgical planning grows into different anatomies and medical device applications, having access to flexible and customizable end-to-end solutions like Simpleware Custom Modeler will be crucial to future innovation and growth for Medical Device companies.

Looking to the future with Corin specifically, there are many more challenges that the Simpleware and OPS teams may tackle when it comes to optimizing patient-specific data and virtual surgical planning. The goal is to have the fastest turnaround time without compromising on quality and accuracy. Therefore, the Simpleware team looks forward to the next ten years of collaborative efforts with Corin to deliver exceptional solutions that enable the best outcomes to patients who entrust Corin with their joint health and wellbeing.

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Any Questions?

If you would like to know more, please contact us. Our technical specialists will be happy to show you Simpleware AS Ortho and our other Machine Learning-based solutions for any anatomy.