Trauma musculo-squelettique orienté vers le développement de stratégies diagnostiques et de traitement innovatrices

Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens -Junior 1 | Concours 2012-2013


Paul Martineau

Institut de recherche du Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM)

 

Domaine : Appareil locomoteur et arthrite

My research program is focused on injuries to joints. I am trying to develop new medical imaging methods to help diagnose joint injuries and also to improve the treatment of joint injuries by minimally invasive surgery and surgical implant design. First, I am perfecting a new method of imaging joints that relies on examining the injured joint while it is moving as opposed to imaging a joint in a fixed position. The purpose of joints is to enable motion; therefore they should be imaged in this way as well. I am also working on methods to image joints in three dimensions. Improving the way in which we image joints, will improve our ability to diagnose problems and may change the way we eventually treat the injury. Second, I have also invented a new surgical implant that allows two pieces of a broken bone to heal with more success. The implant serves to fix two fragments of a broken bone together. The most interesting aspect of this new invention is that it is made of a completely porous metal. Since it is completely porous, the new bone that is formed to fuse the two pieces together can actually penetrate and incorporate the implant in the healing process. Therefore, the implant itself becomes part of the repair process and improves our ability to fix a broken bone successfully.