Automated lower limb prosthesis design

Gulab Bhatia, Paul K. Commean, Kirk E. Smith, Michael W. Vannier

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The design of lower limb prostheses requires definitive geometric data to customize socket shape. Optical surface imaging and spiral x-ray computed tomography were applied to geometric analysis of limb residua in below knee (BK) amputees. Residua (limb remnants after amputation) of BK amputees were digitized and measured. Surface (optical) and volumetric (CT) data of the residuum were used to generate solid models and specify socket shape in (SDRCI-DEAS) CAD software. Volume measurements on the solid models were found to correspond within 2% of surface models and direct determinations made using Archimedean weighing. Anatomic three-dimensional reconstruction of the residuum by optical surface and spiral x-ray computed tomography imaging are feasible modalities for prosthesis design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-503
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 9 1994
EventVisualization in Biomedical Computing 1994 - Rochester, United States
Duration: Oct 4 1994Oct 7 1994


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