Femur CT Scan to Finite Element Analysis

Introduction The purpose of this post is to explain how to utilize medical imagingĀ data in the development of a prosthetic implant. The two most common medical imaging technologies are CT and MRI. Both export a stackĀ of 2D grey scale images over a 3D domain in the standard Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format. In this post I will go through the development of geometric (CAD) and mechanical (FEA) models based off anatomical imaging data. Through this workflow designs can be tuned for specific biometry based on realistic loading scenarios. As always all of the models used to develop this post are available at the end of the article.