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Intramedullary Endo-Transilluminating Device for Interlocking Nailing Procedures1

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Yin-Jiun Tseng

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
National Yang Ming University,
155 Linong Street,
Sec. 2, Beitou,
Taipei 11221, Taiwan

William Chu

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
National Yang Ming University,
155 Linong Street,
Sec. 2, Beitou,
Taipei 11221, Taiwan
Department of Orthopedics,
Cheng Hsin General Hospital,
Taipei 11221, Taiwan

Woei-Chyn Chu

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
National Yang Ming University,
155 Linong Street,
Sec. 2, Beitou,
Taipei 11221, Taiwan
e-mail: wchu@ym.edu.tw

Accepted and presented at The Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2015), April 13–16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

2Corresponding author.

Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received March 17, 2015; published online July 16, 2015. Editor: Arthur Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 9(3), 030906 (Sep 01, 2015) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-15-1061; doi: 10.1115/1.4030543 History: Received March 03, 2015; Revised March 17, 2015; Online July 16, 2015

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Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 1

A schematic diagram of an iMET

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 2

By inserting the iMET in an interlocking nail and place them into an ox femur bone, the light from the iMET is projected onto the bone surface as a bright spot indicating the location of the screw hole

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 3

(a) By inserting the iMET-interlocking nail set into an amputated leg and turned on the light source, a vague light spot can be seen on the surface of the leg (circle). (b) The surgeon is cutting an incision to reveal the light spot that indicates the location of the screw hole. (c) The bright spot (pinpointed) emitted from the iMET indicates the position of the screw hole to be drilled and locked.



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