Tomasz Bugajski, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

IMG_5631Tomasz’s Master’s thesis was focused on the Calgary Protocol for the Treatment of Pectus Carinatum, developed by Dr. David S. Sigalet, General Surgery Clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. This method of clinical orthotic treatment was developed in association with Marc Schneider at Braceworks.

His research involved the development of a measurement system to measure compressive forces provided by the Braceworks pectus carinatum brace. This work provided the basis in creating an improved measurement system to provide the clinician and user with instantaneous force measurements. The end goal is to advance the Calgary Protocol and efficacy of the pectus carinatum brace.

Currently, Tomasz has started his PhD in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Calgary. His project seeks to develop new measurements in describing knee joint stability using a novel Dual Fluoroscopy system that can record video of bone movement via x-rays.

Dynamic Bracing for Pectus Carinatum: A Quantitative Analysis, 2015
The most common solution to pectus carinatum is surgical. As braces have been developed to reshape the chest successfully, it becomes important to understand the effectiveness and optimal design thereof. Braceworks has managed to create a low profile prototype brace which contains a protocol on how long to wear the device. However, only qualitative data has been collected and very little quantitative. Therefore, the project seeks to gain more information on what this protoype does to the chest wall as a whole, and how much force it applies to the chest. Currently, the amount of force the PCO applies is determined by how comfortable the prototype is on the child. By gaining this information, Braceworks will be able to develop the device and related protocol even further by creating a more user friendly PCO.