Live Monitoring of Bone Fracture.
This report addresses the use of a smart bone plate that will allow both physicians and patients to track the bone fracture healing process thru a webapplication to reduce the amount of ionizing radiation received by the patient over the recovery period. A web platform has been developed to monitor the restorative process of the patient fractured bone. This newly developed web platform is connected to a sensor with a high-precision load cell that is capable to transmit the reading and measurements of the generated compressive stresses and strains which is expected to be the highest at the plate in the early beginning of the fracture, and it starts to reduce gradually till it reach an inconsequential stress concentration at the plate during the preforming complexion and tendon. Moreover, this report validate the results obtained experimentally using the finite element analysis. The relationship between stress and strain distribution along the plate and the bone were extensively investigated using different scenarios. The loading conditions were coupled and simulated with the tibia bone material properties over the healing period. It was shown that the newly developed smart bone could be a precise and suitable tool to predict the recovery state without the need of a scanner or tomography equipment.
Francis, Georgio J.
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