11 April 2007 Design and performance of a fiber bragg grating displacement sensor for movement measurement of tendon and ligament
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Abstract
Biomechanical studies often involve measurements of the strains developed in tendons or ligaments in posture or locomotion. Fiber optic sensors present an attractive option for measurement of strains in tendons and ligaments due to their low cost, ease of implementation, and increased accuracy compared to other implantable transducers. A new displacement sensor based on fiber Bragg grating and shape memory alloy technology is proposed for the monitoring of tendon and ligament strains in different postures and in locomotion. After sensor calibration in the laboratory, a comparison test between the fiber sensors and traditional camera displacement sensors was carried out to evaluate the performance of the fiber sensor during application of tension to the Achilles tendon. Additional experiments were performed in cadaver knees to assess the suitability of these fiber sensors for measuring ligament deformation in a variety of simulated postures. The results demonstrate that the proposed fiber Bragg grating sensor is a high-accuracy, easily implantable, and minimally invasive method of measuring tendon and ligament displacement.
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Liang Ren, Gangbing Song, Michael Conditt, Philip C. Noble, Hongnan Li, "Design and performance of a fiber bragg grating displacement sensor for movement measurement of tendon and ligament", Proc. SPIE 6532, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2007, 65321R (11 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717563; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.717563
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