A61B 5/1127 (20130101); A61B 5/0084 (20130101); A61B 5/0075 (20130101); A61B 6/00 (20130101); A61B 5/686 (20130101); A61B 5/0077 (20130101); A61B 5/4504 (20130101); A61B 17/68 (20130101); G01L 1/25 (20130101); A61B 5/6867 (20130101); A61B 5/45 (20130101); A61B 17/86 (20130101); A61B 2562/0261 (20130101)
Strain gauges that can provide information with regard to the state of implantable devices are described. The strain gauges can exhibit luminescence that is detectable through living tissue, and the detectable luminescent emission can vary according to the strain applied to the gauge. A change in residual strain of the device can signify a loss of mechanical integrity and/or loosening of the implant, and this can be non-invasively detected either by simple visual detection of the luminescent emission or through examination of the emission with a detector such as a spectrometer or a camera.
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)