MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF THE THORACIC SPINE: A SOFTWARE PACKAGE.

Michael J. Schendel, Arthur G. Erdman, James W. Ogilvie

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Abstract

The discrete parameter model described by M. M. Panjabi (1973) has been used to create a more complete (static) model of the thoracic spine and rib cage. We have incorporated this mathematical model into a software package which will allow users to apply forces on vertebral bodies and obtain the resultant displacement information. Similarly, displacements can be specified and the corresponding force vectors will be obtained. The user has complete control over specification of individual ligament stiffness properties. Numerical and graphical outputs are available from this software package, which runs on an IBM compatible personal computer. This mathematical model, once fully developed, should aid investigators in the area of scoliosis research, implant design and general biomechanics research of the human thoracic spine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
PublisherASME
Pages165-168
Number of pages4
Volume84
StatePublished - 1987

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