Wireless implantable load monitoring system for scoliosis surgery

  • Author / Creator
    Zbinden, Daniel
  • Surgical correction of scoliosis is a complicated mechanical process. Understanding the loads applied to the spine and providing immediate feedback to surgeons during scoliosis surgery will prevent overloading, improve surgical outcome and patient safety. Long-term development of residual forces in the spinal instrument after surgery with the continual curvature changes over time has been unknown. The goal of this research work was to develop a wireless implantable sensor platform to investigate the loads during and after surgery. This thesis describes research leading to the design of a sensor platform that uses both 403 MHz and 2.45 GHz for wireless communication, and reports the resolution and accuracy of the built-in temperature sensor, the A/D accuracy of the sensing platform, the power consumption at different operation modes, the range of the wireless communication and the discharge characteristics of a potential capacitive power module.

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    Master of Science
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Lou, Edmond (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Durdle, Nelson (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Zhao, Vicky (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Duke, Kajsa (Mechanical Engineering)