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Medical engineering, Orthopaedics
A crucial aspect of orthopaedic implant design is the prediction of surgical outcomes when the shape of a bone is necessarily altered by the addition of the implant. Matching native kinematics as closely as possible is generally considered a core aim of joint replacement surgery. The overall hypothesis behind this research is that soft tissue geometry, including cartilage thickness distribution and ligament attachment sites, influences kinematics in the knee joint. In order to enable investigation of possible links between geometry and kinematics, the ability to characterise the shape variation of the soft tissue relative to the underlying bony geometry must first be developed. This is the aspect which has been addressed in this work.
O'Kane, C.: Characterising 3D Soft Tissue Features on Joint Surfaces. Seventeenth Annual Bioengineering in Ireland Conference: Meeting of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), Galway, January 2011.