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A pictographic atlas for classifying damage modes on polyethylene bearings.
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PMID:  21461698     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Evaluation of medical devices retrieved after in vivo service provides unique evidence related to the physiological environment in which the biomaterials performed. This study implements a training procedure for evaluating polyethylene bearings of joint prostheses obtained after pre-clinical tests or explanted after in vivo function. A total of 161 damage regions on 45 bearings were evaluated by four observers. An illustrated Damage Mode Atlas was developed as a reference guide, inclusive of both photographs and concise written descriptions of 16 specific damage modes that are typical for polyethylene bearings. Utilizing the Damage Mode Atlas to train new researchers improved the damage pattern analysis, including more accurate identification of damage modes and improved inter-rater reliability. This Damage Mode Atlas is a useful supplementary tool for conducting Stage II non-destructive analysis of explanted polyethylene bearings used for joint replacement, in accordance with international guidelines for evaluating explanted medical devices.
Melinda Harman; Luca Cristofolini; Paolo Erani; Susanna Stea; Marco Viceconti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of materials science. Materials in medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-4838     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9013087     Medline TA:  J Mater Sci Mater Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Medical Technology Lab, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Via di Barbiano 1/10, 40136, Bologna, Italy.
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