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In Vivo Monitoring of Osseointegration

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Lindsey R. VanSchoiack, James C. Earthman

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

Veronica I. Shubayev, Robert R. Myers

University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Paper No. BioMed2007-38078, pp. 135-136; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 7–8, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4266-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3797-1


The process of osseointegration is the firm anchoring of a surgical implant by the growth of bone around it without fibrous tissue formation at the interface. This process is critical for long-term implant success. The ability to monitor this process in vivo would allow for personalization of loading protocols to increase the rate of implant success overall by ensuring that implants are not over or under loaded during recovery. Accordingly, there is a strong need for an instrument that has the sensitivity to noninvasively measure osseointegration in vivo. One of the objectives of the present study was to assess the performance of an instrumented percussion probe for quantitatively monitoring the osseointegration process.



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