Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name



Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Matthew H. Gordon, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Bradley S. Davidson, Ph.D.


Dual plane, Fluoroscopy, Kinematics, Knee, Stereo radiography


The measurement of dynamic joint kinematics in vivo is important in order to understand the effects of joint injuries and diseases as well as for evaluating the treatment effectiveness. Quantification of knee motion is essential for assessment of joint function for diagnosis of pathology, such as tracking and progression of osteoarthritis and evaluation of outcome following conservative or surgical treatment. Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is an invasive treatment for arthritic pain and functional disability and it is used for deformed joint replacement with implants in order to restore joint alignment. It is important to describe knee kinematics in healthy individuals for comparison in diagnosis of pathology and understanding treatment to restore normal function. However measuring the in vivo dynamic biomechanics in 6 degrees of freedom with an accuracy that is acceptable has been shown to be technically challenging. Skin marker based methods, commonly used in human movement analysis, are still prone to large errors produced by soft tissue artifacts. Thus, great deal of research has been done to obtain more accurate data of the knee joint by using other measuring techniques like dual plane fluoroscopy. The goal of this thesis is to use high-speed stereo radiography (HSSR) system for measuring joint kinematics in healthy older adults performing common movements of daily living such as straight walking and during higher demand activities of pivoting and step descending in order to establish a useful baseline for the envelope of healthy knee motion for subsequent comparison with patients with TKA. Prior to data collection, validation and calibration techniques as well as dose estimations were mandatory for the successful accomplishment of this study.

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Vasiliki Kefala

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142 p.

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