Quantitative fit assessment of a precontoured fracture fixation plate : its automation and an investigation on the borderline cases

Harith, Hazreen, Schmutz, Beat, Schuetz, Michael, Gu, YuanTong, & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (2011) Quantitative fit assessment of a precontoured fracture fixation plate : its automation and an investigation on the borderline cases. Advanced Materials Research, 339(2011), pp. 658-689.

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Virtual methods to assess the fitting of a fracture fixation plate were proposed recently, however with limitations such as simplified fit criteria or manual data processing. This study aims to automate a fit analysis procedure using clinical-based criteria, and then to analyse the results further for borderline fit cases. Three dimensional (3D) models of 45 bones and of a precontoured distal tibial plate were utilized to assess the fitting of the plate automatically. A Matlab program was developed to automatically measure the shortest distance between the bone and the plate at three regions of interest and a plate-bone angle. The measured values including the fit assessment results were recorded in a spreadsheet as part of the batch-process routine. An automated fit analysis procedure will enable the processing of larger bone datasets in a significantly shorter time, which will provide more representative data of the target population for plate shape design and validation. As a result, better fitting plates can be manufactured and made available to surgeons, thereby reducing the risk and cost associated with complications or corrective procedures. This in turn, is expected to translate into improving patients' quality of life.

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ID Code: 46650
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Quantitative fit analysis, automation of fit analysis, plate fit, tibia, fracture fixation
DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.339.685
ISSN: 1022-6680
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Trans Tech Publications Ltd.
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2011 21:51
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2011 17:05

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