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In-vivo orthopedic implant diagnostic device for sensing load, wear, and infection

United States Patent

August 29, 2006
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A device for providing in vivo diagnostics of loads, wear, and infection in orthopedic implants having at least one load sensor associated with the implant, at least one temperature sensor associated with the implant, at least one vibration sensor associated with the implant, and at least one signal processing device operatively coupled with the sensors. The signal processing device is operable to receive the output signal from the sensors and transmit a signal corresponding with the output signal.
Evans, III; Boyd McCutchen (Oak Ridge, TN), Thundat; Thomas G. (Knoxville, TN), Komistek; Richard D. (Knoxville, TN), Dennis; Douglas A. (Littleton, CO), Mahfouz; Mohamed (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN), University of Tennessee Research Foundation (Knoxville, TN)
10/ 926,216
August 25, 2004
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded to UT-Battelle, LLC, by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.