Systems, Incorporated was founded on the belief that the
aesthetic surgical practice lacked digital tools to evaluate a body
contouring process. Surgeons today use crude measurements to evaluate
the patient for a proposed aesthetic procedure, to evaluate the
surgical progress intro-operatively and to evaluate the post-operative
result. There are no 3D pre-operative evaluation tools. There are
no 3D volumetric control indicators during the procedure, and there
is a no capability to accurately "predict" the result
of a pending aesthetic procedure. Today's typical patient evaluations
and aesthetic procedures are empirically driven by 2D analog measurements.
Documentation, validation and archiving of the procedure's results
consist of operative notes, pathological reports and 2D photographs.
There is also a lack of "common language" between the
patient and the surgeon.
Novaptus Systems, Incorporated
installed the first white light scanner in an aesthetic surgery
practice in late 2002. The goal was to address these immediate issues
and to develop a suite of innovative 3-dimensional tools that would
be applied to the aesthetic surgery practice. Such tools have now
been created and include unique measurement templates, measurement,
volume and surface area analysis and 3D digital archives, examples
of which are shown elsewhere on this site.
The success of the system introduced
to the aesthetic surgery practice is being applied to other, lateral
medical disciplines. Applications include bariatric (obesity), pediatric,
geriatric, obstetrics, physical therapy and practices concerned
with spinal alignment and posture.
Novaptus Systems also
provides a set of valuable tools that allows the aesthetic surgeon
to perform 3D virtual surgery. These tools can be used to produce
a "forecasted" model that can be measured and analyzed
and used as the model for the pending aesthetic procedure. Post-operative
results are compared, analyzed, validated and documented against
the forecasted model. The information is then iterated, forming
the foundation of a knowledge-based expert system that can be used
to help active surgeons and medical students to achieve a better
understanding of a typical procedure.
Novaptus Systems is
developing regional scan centers, centrally located for various
client practices. Practices can use these facilities to schedule
patient scans. Scan results are processed by Novaptus Systems personnel,
securely compartmented and distributed to the respective client
practice. Subsequent patient scans are processed and appended to
the patient's digital archive.
Novaptus Systems is
also developing mobile scanning platforms. These platforms can be
deployed to scan children and adolescents at their schools. Periodic
scans of developing children can help undercover early signs of
child obesity or other physical maladies. The information can be
given to parents, school nurses or administrators for corrective