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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.

CiteScore 2018: 0.47

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.377

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Numerical design studies on a novel electrostimulative osteosynthesis system for the mandible

Hendrikje Raben / Christian Schmidt / Karthik Sridhar / Peer W. Kämmerer
  • Department of Oral, Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery, University Medical Centre Rostock, Rostock, Germany
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/ Ursula van Rienen
Published Online: 2017-09-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2017-0128


Fractures or other major bone defects in the mandible are commonly treated by mounting a reconstruction plate at the fracture site. To avoid complications due to loosening of the implant or the fixation screws, electrical stimulation presents a possibility to accelerate bone healing. The aim of this study was to investigate different combinations of activated electrodes and plate designs regarding their feasibility for electrostimulation of the mandibular bone. The electric field distribution for multiple implant designs was computed using the finite element method. The results suggest that the electrode insulation renders a crucial parameter, which influences substantially the stimulation impact and its power consumption.

Keywords: Electro-stimulative implants; bone defects; mandible; Finite element method

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Published Online: 2017-09-07

Citation Information: Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 613–617, ISSN (Online) 2364-5504, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2017-0128.

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