Wyoming Patent of the Month – August 2021

During orthopedic surgeries certain measurements are needed in order to address the necessary screw lengths. Inaccurate depth measurements can lead to incorrect screw lengths and complications in surgery. Standard measurement methods use a two step process where the surgeon drills until they feel the drill bit pass through the bony structure, then the depth bore is inserted for measurements. This relies on the accuracy of the surgeon’s intuition. McGinley Engineered Solutions, LLC has designed a more accurate drilling method to reduce complications from inaccurate screw lengths.

The measuring device uses a rotating drill bit in a bore. The drill has a sensor which tracks the displacement of the leading edge of the drill but within the bore. A second sensor tracks the force applied to the drill bit. This data is then used to determine the depth of penetration when it passes from the dense bone to the less dense tissue. This provides precise and accurate measurements to ensure the screws are cut to the exact needed length.

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