Healthcare - Probabilistic Techniques for Bone as a Natural Composite

Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, Godlove Wanki, João Paulo Dias

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Abstract

The number of older adults in the USA is projected to continue growing, thus driving the demand for orthopedic surgery due to diseases like Osteoporosis and related bone fractures. To manage the healthcare costs, there has been increased interest in introducing predictive analytics for the assessment of bone quality and properties. Bone has been described as a nanocomposite with unique mechanical properties, governed by its structural organization and chemical composition. To develop predictive analytics in relation to bone health, there is a need to understand why cortical bone is so resistant to crack propagation and how it ultimately succumbs to fracture. Moreover, bone has a hierarchical structure through multiple length scales in which the variability of the properties at each length scale affects the overall mechanical properties. Since there is no comprehensive model to capture the mechanics of fracture, there is a need to develop a stochastic model incorporating uncertainty in the multiscale of the bone hierarchy. For this study the research question was: Can multiscale probabilistic techniques used in composites be applied to bones? To answer this question, the following specific aims were constructed: survey probabilistic analysis for bones, survey probabilistic analysis for composites, and present probabilistic multiscale techniques for composites that can be transferred to bones. As a methodology, a critical review was conducted on the probabilistic modeling of bone and composite materials. The uncertainties at the different scales were reviewed for bone and composites. An assessment was conducted whether multiscale probabilistic techniques used in composites can be applied to bones. It was shown that there are several studies of deterministically modeling of bone at different scales. It was shown that several probabilistic multiscale models of composites exist. An argument was made that the probabilistic multiscale models of composites may be extended and modified for application in bone. It was argued and shown that multiscale probabilistic techniques used in composites may be extended and modified to apply to bone. The contribution of this work is proposing a predictive analytic method for the assessment of bone quality and properties. The predictive analytics is anchored in probabilistic models for bone adopted and extended from models for composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-22
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Integrated Design and Process Science
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Healthcare
  • bone
  • composite
  • multiscale
  • predictive analytics

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