Smith & Nephew integrated the iPod Touch into the user interface of its Dash Smart Instrument System to improve the accuracy of joint replacement procedures. Technology Review India (published by MIT) is now reporting that the first commercial procedure involving the product has occurred in Mumbai--this is the first nonexperimental orthopaedic procedure performed in Asia with the iPod Touch's help, according to Tech Review. Instructions to perform the technique are loaded onto the iPod Touch and the device wirelessly connects to a camera equipped with an infrared beam. It is also attached to instruments, which the surgeon positions by following the information on the iPod Touch screen.
Smith & Nephew partnered with surgeon Arun Mullaji to create a training center in Mumbai for DASH, which will be available in 30 hospitals worldwide, including 10 in the United States this year. --Maria Fontanazza