Is the ovine intervertebral disc a small human one? A finite element model study.

@article{Schmidt2013IsTO,
  title={Is the ovine intervertebral disc a small human one? A finite element model study.},
  author={Hendrik Schmidt and Sandra Reitmaier},
  journal={Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials},
  year={2013},
  volume={17},
  pages={229-41}
}
The sheep is one of the most frequently used animal models for experimental intervertebral disc research questions. Although there are large differences in size between human and ovine discs, recent in vivo and in vitro studies indicate similarities in the internal disc stresses. The present finite element model study, therefore, intended to detect the parameters that, despite the different geometry, ensure mechanical comparability between both species. At first, a finite element model of the… CONTINUE READING

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