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INTRODUCTION A tapered dental implant (Laser-Lok [LL] surface treatment) with a 2 mm wide collar, that has been laser micromachined in the lower 1.5 mm to preferentially accomplish bone and connective tissue attachment while inhibiting epithelial downgrowth, was evaluated in a prospective, controlled, multicenter clinical trial. MATERIALS Data are(More)
The intervertebral disc is a complex joint anatomically and functionally. It may be displaced or damaged due to trauma or a disease process. To alleviate this condition, it may be necessary to remove the involved disc surgically and fuse the two adjacent vertebrae. Fusion is one option; however, replacing the damaged disc (or part thereof) with a(More)
A high frequency, high resolution ultrasonic echo technique is presented for determining the thickness of human skin. An experimental series is described in which the accuracy of this new technique is demonstrated by comparison with a radiological method of proven accuracy. The "ultrasonic biometric ruler" is shown to provide an accurate, simple,(More)
A study was conducted to evaluate the osteoconductive ability of a particulate, low-temperature hydroxylapatite (HA(LT)) material (OsteoGen; Impladent, Holliswood, NY). An implantable chamber model was used to determine the ability of this material to encourage bone ingrowth into channels lined with either rough-surfaced titanium or rough-surfaced(More)
A low-pressure suction device has previously been used to obtain quantitative information on the mechanical properties of human skin. Reducing the raw data from this technique was complicated by the fact that the skin is already biaxially loaded in the natural state and a rational basis on which to compare results obtained from different subjects was not(More)
The problem of differentiating primary bone tumors from subacute osteomyelitis was reviewed in 15 typical cases. Presenting symptoms, duration of illness, admitting laboratory data, and location of the pathologic condition were of little assistance in diagnosis. Preoperative diagnoses included benign and malignant neoplasms as well as osteomyelitis. In all(More)
The overall objective of this research is to relate disorders of the lumbar spine to the mechanics of the system. An isokinetic-isometric testing procedure was designed, and groups of normal subjects and patients with back pain were tested. The procedure allows sensitive detection of muscle weakness specific to some part of the range of motion or some(More)
Twenty-seven patients were surgically treated for Achilles tendon rupture using a composite implant. The implant is ribbon-like in configuration and composed of filamentous carbon fiber coated with an absorbable polymer. When used to secure an Achilles repair, the implant acts as a scaffold for the regrowth of collagenous tissue. Rapid attachment of host(More)
Tyrosine-derived polycarbonates are a new class of degradable polymers developed for orthopedic applications. In this study the long-term (48 week) in vivo degradation kinetics and host bone response to poly(DTE carbonate) and poly(DTH carbonate) were investigated using a canine bone chamber model. Poly(L-lactic acid) (PLA) served as a control material. Two(More)