Singular Health’s AI-based cranial implants

CSIRO and Singular Health have announced the creation of an AI-based model for designing bespoke cranial implants.

Crainiotomy CT scans were used to train a convolutional neural network AI model to generate a cranial implant design.

Made possible with the support of CSIRO Kick-Start, the AI model is capable of generating a cranial implant within four minutes with a 91 per cent level of accuracy, surpassing all previous models.

The model can then be manually edited by a surgeon or bioengineer for 100 per cent accuracy.

Singular Health will now incorporate the model into its 3Dicom surgical software, adding to its capabilities to rapidly develop spinal labelling and segmentation models.

The company is able to export the models as 3D printable files within minutes, speeding up the process of scanning and producing bespoke implants for individual patients.

Singular Health has a collaboration with bone reconstruction technology company Osteopore to validate the model with additional cranial scans ahead of planned submission for approval to market to the US Food and Drug Administration and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Singular Health CEO Thomas Hanly commended CSIRO’s ‘innovative development and work ethic’.

“This best in class model…really demonstrates the ability of AI to accelerate the manual processes in the scan to surgery workflow.”

In May 2021, Singular Health invested $300,000 into Australian Additive Engineering (AAE) to build one of Australia’s largest dedicated medical 3D printing facilities (main picture).

Pictures: Singular Health

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