Distal radius fractures are the most common bone injury in adults, with the majority occurring in postmenopausal women. Often these fractures result in painful healing defects, leading to extended treatment and even surgery. Currently, there is no clinical method to quantify the extent of bone healing beyond the limited capabilities of standard x-rays. The goal of this project is to develop a device, which can determine the strength of a healing fracture. This is achieved by applying a known bending load to the distal radius and measuring the displacement of the bone in High Resolution CT images. The device created was manufactured via 3D printing. Validation of device performance was performed using cadaver wrist models.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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