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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7372496, 7 pages
Research Article

A Novel Computer-Aided Approach for Parametric Investigation of Custom Design of Fracture Fixation Plates

1College of Internet of Things Engineering, Hohai University, Changzhou, China
2School of Intelligent Equipment and Information Engineering, Changzhou Vocational Institute of Engineering, Jiangsu, China
3Changzhou City Key Lab of Orthopedic Implants Digital Technology, Changzhou, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiaozhong Chen; moc.361@hhgnohzoaixnehc and Kunjin He; moc.361@ehnijk

Received 31 October 2016; Accepted 13 December 2016; Published 19 January 2017

Academic Editor: Kaan Yetilmezsoy

Copyright © 2017 Xiaozhong Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study proposes an integrated computer-aided approach combining femur surface modeling, fracture evidence recover plate creation, and plate modification in order to conduct a parametric investigation of the design of custom plate for a specific patient. The study allows for improving the design efficiency of specific plates on the patients’ femur parameters and the fracture information. Furthermore, the present approach will lead to exploration of plate modification and optimization. The three-dimensional (3D) surface model of a detailed femur and the corresponding fixation plate were represented with high-level feature parameters, and the shape of the specific plate was recursively modified in order to obtain the optimal plate for a specific patient. The proposed approach was tested and verified on a case study, and it could be helpful for orthopedic surgeons to design and modify the plate in order to fit the specific femur anatomy and the fracture information.