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An Improved Approach to Estimate Soft Tissue Parameters Using Genetic Algorithm for Minimally Invasive Measurement

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6 Author(s)
Madjidi, Y. ; Dept. of Mech. & Aerosp. Eng., Monash Univ., Clayton, VIC, Australia ; Shirinzadeh, B. ; Banirazi, R. ; Yanling Tian
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This paper evaluates the ability of a gradient-free estimation method using genetic algorithm (GA) to model the elastic stress response of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) based on quasi-linear viscoelastic (QLV) theory. The improved GA simultaneously fits the ramping and relaxation experimental data to the QLV constitutive equation to obtain the soft tissue parameters. This approach is then compared with a previously evaluated method for two exponential and polynomial QLV models. The earlier approaches are mainly based on regression algorithms, which usually try to find a gradient-based solution with probability of poor convergence and variability of constants. Contrarily, this paper presents a gradient-free algorithm based on the improved timesaving GA. The results demonstrate that the ability of this algorithm to estimate the QLV parameters in timesaving process is functional to develop the optimal methodology for minimally invasive measurement during surgery.

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Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, 2009. BMEI '09. 2nd International Conference on

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17-19 Oct. 2009