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QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF ARTICULAR-CARTILAGE ROUGHNESS

ARDILL, JM, BARTON, NJ, Kernohan, George and MOLLAN, RAB (1993) QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF ARTICULAR-CARTILAGE ROUGHNESS. In: PROCEEDINGS OF HOLOGRAPHY, INTERFEROMETRY, AND OPTICAL PATTERN RECOGNITION IN BIOMEDICINE III, Los Angeles, CA, USA. SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol 1889 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.155722

DOI: 10.1117/12.155722

Abstract

Articular cartilage is the bearing surface within human joints and as such is a subject of much interest among orthopaedic specialists. Diseases such as osteoarthritis are characterized by a deterioration in the cartilage surface and thus early detection and quantification of surface changes would be advantageous in the study and treatment of such disorders. Differential light scattering was studied as a technique for measuring the roughness of articular cartilage with the aim of developing a minimally invasive measurement method for use in-vivo. The method was established using a range of metal rough surfaces and cartilage surfaces. The results were correlated with stylus measurements. Samples were illuminated, using a helium-neon laser, at an incident angle of 45 degree(s) and the intensity of scattered light measured every 0.5 degree(s) over a 25 degree(s) range. For the cartilage surfaces the best correlation existed between optical parameters, based on a one dimensional moment of light intensity, and the roughness, calculated at a sampling length of 0.1 mm, the accuracy being 67%. The method was sensitive to surface changes during specimen preparation for SEM and was quick and easily interpreted. Differential light scattering is therefore a viable method of measuring the surface quality of articular cartilage

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:1281
Deposited By: Professor George Kernohan
Deposited On:18 May 2011 10:33
Last Modified:18 May 2011 10:33

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