Computerized manufacturing of orthotic devices using CT/MR scanning

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Nourredine Boubekri, Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Shihab S. Asfour, Committee Member


The field of orthotics has gained scientific attention over the past few years. Its target is to correct, adjust, or modify the operation of human limbs, joints or muscles. Orthotic devices include, among others, knee braces, elbow and wrist braces, neck braces, and thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) jackets. TLSO's are used by scoliosis and post-operative patients who need back correction or support. This dissertation focuses on the data acquisition phase for TLSO's in particular. It proposes a methodology that takes advantage of the state-of-the-art CT/MR scanning in acquiring patients' anatomical and geometrical information for the purpose of orthotic applications.


Engineering, Biomedical; Engineering, Industrial

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