Vithanage N. Wijayathunga

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The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of specimen-specific finite element models of untreated and cement-augmented vertebrae by direct comparison with experimental results. Eleven single cadaveric vertebrae were imaged using micro computed tomography (microCT) and tested to failure in axial compression in the laboratory. Four of the specimens(More)
The inter-lamellar connectivity of the annulus fibrosus in the intervertebral disc has been shown to affect the prediction of the overall disc behaviour in computational models. Using a combined experimental and computational approach, the inter-lamellar mechanical behaviour of the disc annulus was investigated under conditions of radial loading.(More)
BACKGROUND Vertebroplasty is increasingly used in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. However there are concerns that this intervention may lead to further fractures in the adjacent vertebral segments. This study was designed to parametrically assess the influence of both treatment factors (cement volume and number of augmentations), and(More)
STUDY DESIGN An in vitro study of the intervertebral disc (IVD) structure using 9.4T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). OBJECTIVE Investigate the potential of ultrahigh-field strength MRI for higher quality 3-dimensional (3D) volumetric MRI datasets of the IVD to better distinguish structural details. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA MRI has the advantages of(More)
Significant advances in the functional analysis of musculoskeletal systems require the development of modelling techniques with improved focus, accuracy and validity. This need is particularly visible in the fields, such as palaeontology, where unobservable parameters may lie at the heart of the most interesting research questions, and where models and(More)
Image-based continuum-level finite element models have been used for bones to evaluate fracture risk and the biomechanical effects of diseases and therapies, capturing both the geometry and tissue mechanical properties. Although models of vertebrae of various species have been developed, an inter-species comparison has not yet been investigated. The purpose(More)
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