2022 AMI Online Salon

The iFuse Implant System

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Wayne Heim
  • Client: Creative Inferno
  • Copyright: Wayne Heim, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Photoshop, Zbrush, Keyshot
  • Final presentation format: Printed technique guide/product catalog along with other digital and printed corporate presentations on product.
  • Primary Audience: Surgeons and medical professionals

Project Description

Fifteen to thirty percent of chronic lower back pain can be attributed to SI joint dysfunction.  Many women develop SI joint pain during pregnancy that persists postpartum. This trauma associated with natural child birth, degenerative sacroiliitis, and accident-related injuries are the main causes of SI joint pain. The iFuse Implant System® is a system of implants designed for sacroiliac fusion and/or to augment stabilization and immobilization of the sacroiliac joint in sacropelvic fixation as part of a lumbar or thoraco-lumbar fusion. The image was designed for the cover of the surgical technique and product catalog to highlight key features and showcase the implant system. The use of “blue-print style” background line work (done in the client’s green corporate color scheme) was used to visualize the client’s stated desire to emphasize the high degree of technical precision deployed during product manufacturing (3D printing) and development. This “CAD-to-Real-Life” composite allows the main subject to dynamically “come alive”; symbolizing the patient’s return to normalcy. Transparency was used to show proper placement and to allude to the high visibility of the implants as live fluoroscopy is used in guiding their placement. The single large implant showcases the unique 3D printed details in the substantially porous compartments and surface porous coatings on the implant; both key features for promoting bone in-growth and a secure fixation.