An ultrasound technique for monitoring polymerisation of acrylic bone cement

Briscoe, A., Saffari, N. and New, A.M.R. (2007) An ultrasound technique for monitoring polymerisation of acrylic bone cement. At 53rd Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, USA, 11 - 14 Feb 2007. USA,


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This paper describes a technique for monitoring polymerisation of acrylic bone cements by measuring changes in the characteristics of the transmission of ultrasound through the cement brought about by the polymerisation reaction. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time that a technique for the continuous monitoring of the mechanical properties of polymerising bone cement has been presented. The cement exhibits the expected behaviour of low modulus until approximately 300-450s from the time of mixing, after which a period of rapid polymerization occurs. In future work, we aim to extend the technique to allow simultaneous measurements of compressive and shear properties using a combined compression/shear wave transducer.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Keywords: acrylic bone cement, polymerisation, mechanical properties, ultrasound
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Bioengineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 48538
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:25

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