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Research project: Large scale, multi femur computational stress analysis using a statistical shape and intensity model

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The vast majority of orthopaedic computational studies only use a single bone model and attempt to extrapolate results to the population as a whole.

Project Overview

This overlooks the large inter-patient variability in bone geometry and quality which is inherently present and could explain the differing outcomes seen with otherwise comparable scenarios. A major barrier to correcting this is the substantial challenge involved in sourcing and generating large numbers of bone models. In order to address this situation, in this project a statistical model of the femur was developed which incorporated both geometry and material properties. This could be used to automatically generate 3D finite element models for use in numerical analysis.

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