Specimen specific, 3D modeling of the elbow--prediction of strain in the medial collateral ligament.

William L. Buford, Joris W. Snijders, Vikas V. Patel, Cody M. Curry, Brian A. Smith

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In this project 3D interactive models of twelve cadaver elbows are developed using the author's kinematic simulation software. The effective flexion-extension axes for each specimen's model are iteratively defined based upon congruent joint motion and individual limits in range-of-motion. Origins and insertions of both parts of the medial collateral ligament are digitized following careful dissection of each specimen. Ligament paths are then defined using cubic B-spline models of the principal fibers of each part, flexion extension motion of each elbow is carried out in real-time and the strain of each fiber model is calculated. Results indicate the existence of two distinct populations of medial collateral ligament - one whose anterior part stretches during flexion of the elbow and the other whose anterior part stretches during extension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3348-3351
Number of pages4
JournalConference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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