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Dual cryogenic fixation for mechanical testing of soft musculoskeletal tissues

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6 Author(s)
N. Ramachandran ; Bone & Joint Res. Lab., Univ. of Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; Y. Koike ; P. Poitras ; D. Backman
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Mechanical testing of soft musculoskeletal structures like tendons and ligaments are essential to medical advances. A long-standing limitation for testing these structures in isolation has been the ability to solidly fix both ends of the tendon. Cryogenic fixation technology was leveraged into the development of a dual cryogenic fixation (DCF) device. Results of the study show that the DCF allows tendons to be tested in isolation, at physiologic temperatures, with excellent reproducibility.

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IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 10 )