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Articular Contact Estimation by Surface Reconstruction Based on True Geometry

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Bong-Jae Jun, Thay Q. Lee

Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, VA Healthcare System; University of California at Irvine, Long Beach, CA

Paper No. BioMed2008-38109, pp. 123-124; 2 pages
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 18–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4833-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3823-4


The intra-articular contact characteristics of the diarthrodial joints have been measured by using Fuji pressure sensitive films and a Tekscan sensor system. Direct measurement can only provide resultant contact information. Indirect contact estimation methods, such as mathematical modeling or a stereophotogramametric method can be used to estimate contact kinematics on each articulating surface. However, indirect estimation methods are often based on simplified geometry due to limited accuracy or simplification, resulting in erroneous contact estimation. The objective of this study was to quantify the intra-articular contact area and shape of the glenohumeral joint determined by surface reconstruction. The results showed that the contact estimation method using surface reconstruction was in good agreement with the results of Tekscan measurement (accuracy ≤ 5.3% and repeatability ≤ 11.2%). The contact estimation method may provide a valuable avenue for understanding contact kinematics in human diarthrodial joints.

Topics: Geometry



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