CAPE System Recognized as a 2015 TechConnect Innovation Awardee

October 27, 2015

Mehran Armand was Co-PI of the team that developed the CAPE System: “Computer-Assisted Craniomaxillofacial Surgery” which was recently recognized as a 2015 TechConnect Innovation Awardee. The technology is a novel computer-assisted surgical planning and intra-operative navigation system for use in craniofacial surgery and face-jaw-teeth transplantation. This system offers many advantages, including real-time cephalometric analysis and vascular and orthopedic mapping of both donor and recipient to form a hybrid pre-operative plan. Also, the system includes dynamic tracking for attaching of donor’s both soft and hard (bone) tissue to the recipient, providing real-time, intra-operative feedback. The system’s developers include experts from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Armand directs the Biomechanical-and Image-Guided Surgical Systems (BIGSS) laboratory within LCSR. He is also a Principal Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, an associate research professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and serves as joint faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the School of Medicine.

In addition to TechConnect’s recognition, Armand with Chad Gordon from Department of Plastic Surgery at the School of Medicine were also awarded a Maryland Innovative Initiative (MII) TEDCO Phase I award in January 2015. Armand also received a R21 award from the National Institute of Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging – National institutes of Health (NIH/NIBIB) in June 2015. That project’s goal is to develop and evaluate a fluoroscopic guided system that performs three-dimensional, real-time, intra-operative biomechanical analysis and fragment tracking to help surgeons improve the outcome of the Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO). This technology can be extended to other types of hip osteotomies, knee osteotomies, joint osteotomies, total hip replacement, and hip resurfacing techniques.

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Face Jaw Teeth Transplantation

Face Jaw Teeth Transplantation

Xray based Navigation for Computer-Assisted Periacetabular Osteotomy Surgery

Xray based Navigation for Computer-Assisted Periacetabular Osteotomy Surgery

Photo Credit: The Lancet and Dr. Chad Gordon



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