As part of research funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) we, investigators at the University of Denver Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, have made available a repository of experimental, image, and computational modeling data from mechanical testing of human knee biomechanics. It is uncommon for such a comprehensive dataset to be obtained. Therefore, we have made this repository available to assist the greater research community interested in the complexities and pathologies of knee health and mechanical function. Data are provided for 8 human knees. Additional details about the data can be found at https://ritchieschool.du.edu/research-innovation/biomedical-devices/center-orthopaedic-biomechanics
These data are made available with support from the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering grant R01EB015497.
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Data Acquisition and Procession Methods
High speed stereo radiography (HSSR) was used to measure the kinematics of the TF and PF joints in each subject’s dominant knee. HSSR captures two radiographic views to enable three-dimensional tracking of the bones in the knee. The HSSR system is composed of two matching custom radiography systems with 40 cm (16”) diameter image intensifiers integrated with high-speed, high-definition (1080x1080) digital cameras. All activities were captured at either 100 or 50 frames/second and obtained with pulsed radiography (pulse width 750 μs, 60 kV, and 63 mA).
Positions of the three-dimensional bone models were matched to the two-dimensional stereo radiography images to quantify translational and rotational pose of the tibia and patella relative to the femur (Autoscoper, Brown University).
With the knee placed in full extension as recorded during the non-weightbearing seated knee extension activity, the origin of the femoral coordinate system for each subject was defined by fitting a cylinder to the medial and lateral posterior condyles, with the center placed at the trochlea. The medial-lateral (ML) axis was defined as the line through the long axis of the cylinder while the superior-inferior (SI) axis was aligned to the posterior aspect of the femur. The anterior-posterior (AP) axis was defined as the cross product of the ML and SI axes. The coordinate system of the tibia and patella was assigned coincident with the femoral coordinate system during non-weightbearing full extension. Motion of tibia and patella was described relative to the femur.
Tibiofemoral and Patellofemoral Kinematics during Activities
We have provided eighteen kinematic quantities with respect to tibial flexion angle: 6DOF motion of the tibia relative to the femur: TF F(+)E, TF VrVl(+), TF IE(+), TF ML(+) , TF A(+)P, TF S(+)I, 6DOF motion of the patella relative to the femur: PF F(+)E, PF VrVl(+), PF IE(+), PF ML(+), PF A(+)P, PF S(+)I, and 6DOF motion of the patella relative to the tibia: PT F(+)E, PT VrVl(+), PT IE(+), PT ML(+), PT A(+)P, PT S(+)I.
The kinematic data are subdivided by the subject number in .csv files.
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Use of the Data for any commercial application must be explicitly obtained from the University of Denver Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics.
The Data is provided “as is” with no express or implied warranty or guarantee. The University of Denver and the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics do not accept any liability or provide any guarantee in connection with uses of the Data, including but not limited to, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement. The University of Denver and the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics are not liable for direct or indirect losses or damage, of any kind, which may arise through the use of this data.
V Kefala, AJ Cyr, MD Harris, DR Hume, BS Davidson, RH Kim, KB Shelburne (2017) “Assessment of Knee Kinematics in Older Adults Using High-Speed Stereo Radiography,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(11):2260-2267.
V Kefala, AA Ali, EM Mannen, KB Shelburne (in review) “Changes in Natural Tibiofemoral, Patellofemoral, and Patellar Tendon Kinematics with Weightbearing,” Journal of Biomechanics.
Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Kevin Shelburne, PhD; Michael D. Harris, PhD; Vasiliki Kefala; Donald R. Hume; Bradley S. Davidson; A. J. Cyr; R. H. Kim; A. A. Ali; and E. M. Mannen