23 March 2015 Application of structural health monitoring technologies to bio-systems: current status and path forward
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This paper presents a case for extension of structural health monitoring (SHM) technologies to offer solutions for biomedical problems. SHM research has made remarkable progress during the last two/ three decades. These technologies are now being extended for possible applications in the bio-medical field. Especially, smart materials, such as piezoelectric ceramic (PZT) patches and fibre-Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, offer a new set of possibilities to the bio-medical community to augment their conventional set of sensors, tools and equipment. The paper presents some of the recent extensions of SHM, such as condition monitoring of bones, monitoring of dental implant post surgery and foot pressure measurement. Latest developments, such as non-bonded configuration of PZT patches for monitoring bones and possible applications in osteoporosis detection, are also discussed. In essence, there is a whole new gamut of new possibilities for SHM technologies making their foray into the bi-medical sector.
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Suresh Bhalla, Suresh Bhalla, Shashank Srivastava, Shashank Srivastava, Rupali Suresh, Rupali Suresh, Sumedha Moharana, Sumedha Moharana, Naveet Kaur, Naveet Kaur, Ashok Gupta, Ashok Gupta, "Application of structural health monitoring technologies to bio-systems: current status and path forward", Proc. SPIE 9438, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2015, 943826 (23 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084399; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2084399

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