Journal article

Specimen-specific fracture risk curves of lumbar vertebrae under dynamic axial compression

Dale L Robinson, Kwong Ming Tse, Melanie Franklyn, JiangYue Zhang, Justin W Fernandez, David C Ackland, Peter Vee Sin Lee

Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021


Underbody blast attacks of military vehicles by improvised explosives have resulted in high incidence of lumbar spine fractures below the thorocolumbar junction in military combatants. Fracture risk curves related to vertical loading at individual lumbar spinal levels can be used to assess the protective ability of new injury mitigation equipment. The objectives of this study were to derive fracture risk curves for the lumbar spine under high rate compression and identify how specimen-specific attributes and lumbar spinal level may influence fracture risk. In this study, we tested a sample of three-vertebra specimens encompassing all spinal levels between T12 to S1 in high-rate axial compres..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the support from Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia and the collaboration with U.S. Army Research Laboratory for this research. We also acknowledge the facilities and scientific and technical assistance of the National Imaging Facility, a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) capability, at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University.