The pre-courses are addressed to graduate students, post-docs, and young researchers.

Modelling from patient specific data to result processing

Participants will be guided interactively through a step-by-step procedure that covers the entire spectrum from CT Data processing to the decision making by post processing of simulation results. In more details the following topics will be covered:

Medical CT image processing: Except for the traditional tools, attendees will have the chance to experience our new Artificial Intelligence driven Segmentation tool.

Creation of a patient specific model: The product of the Image processing will be converted from an STL mesh to a Patient Specific Model ready for simulation. 

Loadcase setup: A ready to run solver file will be created targeting not only to a perfect run from the first attempt but also to the reusability of simulation components.

Post Processing of results: The post processing of results is the most important step because not only the previous steps get assessed, but also important decisions are made. But this process can easily become repetitive, so we will focus on the ways to automate it up to the report creation.

Attendees will need their own laptop. Due to limitations in software licenses a maximum attendance of 40 students is allowed.

Create value with biomechanics

The European universities are investing many efforts in the translation of research results into economic value by starting-up new companies or, more simply, protecting application of new knowledge.  The field of technology for health is one of the most promising and venture capital funds are increasing worldwide. The course will deal with the creation of value with research and give a focus on biomechanics topics. Basic knowledge on innovation, inventions, patent process and start-ups will be presented in order to display the best practices to bring research results to the market. In particular, the course will cover the following topics:

1. the value of research for the innovation processes

2. managing results between science and innovation

3. extracting value from research

4. biomechanics research and industrial impact

Confocal laser microscopy imaging and micro-mechanical testing of tissues and materials

This course will introduce the basic operating principles of the confocal laser scanning for high resolution topography as well as through the thickness measurement as a support for the mechanical characterization of the materials. Typical small scale mechanical testing techniques will be used in addition to the imaging technique with the aim to integrate relevant information to achieve mechanial characterization of the materials. Nanoindentation tests, uniaxial micro tensile, microbending and biaxial testing of materials/tissues will be considered. The pre-course will include test and observation session to be performed in the laboratory facilities available at the Politecnico di Milano. 

Due to limitations in laboratory rooms a maximum attendance of 10 students is allowed.

New regulations on medical devices

In this course the main CE guidelines regarding the new MDR EU 2017/745 on medical devices will be presented and discussed. Particular attention will be focused on the impact that the new requirements will have on the design of medical devices, on the risk analysis and clinical evaluation activities. Specific examples will be described regarding devices for orthopaedic and cardiovascular applications.