Vibration Arthrometry - A Preview

George Kernohan, DE BEVERLAND, GF MCCOY, A HAMILTON, P WATSON, R MOLLAN

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Abstract

Throughout the ages, physicians have listened to sounds and felt vibrations from human joints in their attempts to diagnose pathology. They have used a wide vocabulary to describe these phenomena, but technology has been slow to provide recording and analytic equipment. Lately, accelerometers have been used with considerable success in a new noninvasive method now known as vibration arthrometry (formerly "arthrography"). The technique has been used in early detection of congenital dislocation of the hip and also in diagnosis of meniscal pathology. More recently, patellar vibration has been used to assess the mechanical properties of articular cartilage. Vibration arthrometry has also yielded new information on a possible damage mechanism associated with shock vibration that arises during cavitation of synovial fluid. Joint vibrations are therefore useful aids to diagnosis and may even be etiologic in orthopedic disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-79
JournalActa ophthalmologica Scandinavica
Volume61
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1990

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    Kernohan, G., BEVERLAND, DE., MCCOY, GF., HAMILTON, A., WATSON, P., & MOLLAN, R. (1990). Vibration Arthrometry - A Preview. Acta ophthalmologica Scandinavica, 61(1), 70-79.