There has been and continues to be substantial progress in the design and clinical use of both arthroscopic probes and other techniques (e.g. ultrasound) for determining cartilage mechanical properties for diagnostic purposes. "Mechanical Properties of Articular Cartilage, Meniscus and Related Materials" provides readers with a comprehensive introduction and summary of the current status of laboratory and clinical measurement of the mechanical properties of joint cartilage, meniscus and related tissues and implant materials. The text focuses on (a) mechanical properties of cartilage and related tissues and materials, (b) methods for measuring them in the laboratory and clinic and (c) the clinical diagnostic potential of such methods. The first section covers composition and structure while section two covers in vitro measurements. The powerful diagnostic value of in-situ (clinical) mechanical property measurements are covered in section three. The final section covers mechanical properties of cartilage repairs and repair materials. The book will be of great value to a large community of surgeons, surgeons in training, academic biomaterials and biomechanics scientists and their graduate students, and development engineers in the orthopedic industry.
Publisher: Humana Press Inc.