OUR EQUIPMENT

Biomedical Engineering

Instron

MATERIALS TESTING SYSTEM

Instron, ElectroPuls E 10000 Linear-Torsion

Key specifications:
Linear Dynamic Capacity: ±10,000 N (±2,250 lbf)
Torsion Capacity: ±100 Nm (±800 in-lb)
Linear Stroke: 60mm (2.36 in)
Rotation: ±135° as standard

Cardiovascular and Resistance Equipment

Biodex

ISOKINETIC DYNAMOMETER

Biodex, System 4 Pro

The Biodex is a multi-mode computerized robotic measuring instrument designed to measure muscle strength. It measures muscle strength by applying constant resistance against muscles in repetitive motions quickly and as powerfully as possible.

If test results show muscle weakness (compared with your same age and sex comparison group) strengthening exercises may be prescribed. The test may be repeated periodically to monitor how strength is improving as a result of a strength training intervention program.

We use the Biodex:

  • to assess strength of muscles around joints
  • as part of a rehabilitation exercise to improve the strength of various joints
  • There are 5 modes that can be used: Isokinetic Resistance, Reactive Eccentric, Passive Motion, Isometric, Isotonic
GAITRite24

PORTABLE GAIT ANALYSIS SYSTEM

CIR System Inc. GAITRite System

The GAITRite measures how a person walks. It measures gait patterns for both time (temporal) and space (spatial) through pressure sensors in the mat. The software changes the information into foot placement patterns and overall gait patterns.

Research participants can be assessed with or without shoes and using walking aids such as crutches, walkers, or canes. One example: we create a simulated crosswalk scenario and ask participants to carry different loads (a full grocery bag or an open umbrella) to measure changes in gait and balance patterns.

We use the GAITRite:

  • to provide valid and reliable walking measurements such as footfall patterns, step length, cadence, and speed.
  • to measure changes in walking or gait patterns through replication of real life scenarios.
Kaiser-PS1200

AIR-RESISTANCE FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Keiser

Models: Models accommodating seated leg curl, seated calf, lateral pull down, arm curl, triceps, upper back

  • accommodates a wide range of users and is particularly ideal for older populations
  • allows researchers to compare the response of muscle and bone and their integration in response to various loading regimens and to identify the optimal exercise prescription for bone health
Optotrak PS1200

MOTION CAPTURE SYSTEM

NDI, Optotrak Certus

  • a research-grade motion capture system
  • maximum flexibility for motion capture applications through its unsurpassed accuracy, high-speed marker frequency, portable design, and virtually wireless marker option
  • maximum marker frequency of 4600 Hz that tracks up to 512 markers
Novotec PS600

FORCE PLATFORM

Novotec Medical, Leonardo

  • dynamic measurement of ground reaction forces with respect to spatial resolution
  • easy to use and to instruct, fast application and at the same time high reproducibility due to the utilised everyday motions
Training area dimensions (l/w/h) 660 x 660 x 70 mm
Sampling rate per sensor 800 Hz
ADC resolution 16 bit
Max. force per sensor ca. 2 kN
Supported Test Types and Assessments s2LJ, m1LJ, m2LJ, CRT, BAss, DJ, LT, RT, TRT, BT, TpTs, TpTc, ST, LST, IF

Histology and Microscopy

Upright-WFMS-PS1200

UPRIGHT WIDE FIELD MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

Zeiss, Zeiss Axiophot

Upright Wide Field Microscope System (Zeiss, Zeiss Axiophot)

 

Zeiss-2-PS1200

FLUORESCENCE STEREO ZOOM MICROSCOPE

Zeiss, Axio Zoom.V16

Fluorescence Stereo Zoom Microscope (Zeiss, Axio Zoom.V16)

 

leica-rm2235-left

MICROTOME

Leica, RM2235

Manufacturer: Leica

Manual Rotary Microtome

 

Leica_CM1850_Cryostat PS600

CRYOSTAT

Leica, CM1850

Manufacturer: Leica

Used for cryosectioning in biomedical, neuro-anatomical and pharmaceutical research.

Medical Imaging

xct-3000-radius

PERIPHERAL QUANTITATIVE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

Stractec, XCT 300

Model: xCT 3000, xCT 2000 (Medical Imaging Suites)

Model: xCT 3000 (Mobile Research Laboratory)

  • measures cortical and trabecular volumetric bone mineral density and structure
  • determines bone strength
Sonixrp-PS600

3D ULTRASOUND

Ultrasonix, SonixRP

  • a diagnostic ultrasound system packaged with an Ultrasound Research Interface (URI)
  • has the ability to run transducer prototyping, low-level ultrasound beam sequencing and control, development of commercial ultrasound applications running on the Sonix platform
ARCADIS ORBIC 3D

C-ARM FLUOROSCOPE

Siemens, Arcadis Orbic 3D

  • for intra-operative use in orthopaedics and trauma surgery, such as 3D imaging of bones and joints of the lower and upper extremities, entire spine, hip, as well as oral and maxilliofacial applications
  • located in our Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
MicroCT10018-PS400

HIGH RESOLUTION MICRO CT SYSTEM

Scanco, µCT35

  • high-resolution, non-destructive 3D imaging of specimens in vitro
  • studies a variety of materials ranging from bone and scaffolds to concrete
In-Action-PS1200

HIGH RESOLUTION PERIPHERAL QUANTITATIVE COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY

Scanco, XtremeCT HR-pQCT

The HR-pQCT evaluates bones down to the level of the tiny individual elements that nature configures in a way that makes bones as strong as possible. HR-pQCT measures bone density and quantifies the three dimensional geometry, strength and microarchitecture of bone at the lower arm (radius) and lower leg (tibia).

HR-pQCT is a research tool—not currently used in clinical practice. It goes beyond current clinical methods and assesses bone microstructure to provide new insights into bone strength and why some bones are more susceptible to fracture.

At CHHM we use the HR-pQCT:

  • to measure the bone mineral density of the forearm and lower leg
  • to assess the geometry, strength, and microstructure of bone in 3-dimensions
Hologic-PS800

DUAL-ENERGY X-RAY ABSORPTIOMETRY

Hologic, Discovery

The DXA is the gold standard clinical instrument used to evaluate body composition and bone mineral density. The analysis compares your values to a large database of healthy individuals to provide you two “scores”—the T-score and the Z-score.

WHAT DOES A DXA SCAN TELL US?

The T-score compares your results with healthy young adults and the Z-score compares your results with individuals of the same age and sex. The DXA is also a powerful clinical instrument used to diagnose osteoporosis.

The Advanced Body Composition assessment feature produces colour images displaying the distribution of fat, lean mass, bone and fat mass index. The information is translated into an easy-to-interpret report for improved patient management and counseling.

Is it possible to book the DXA for a research project?

Yes, staff at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility would be happy to address any questions you may have, discuss potential applications for the DXA, and work with you to coordinate your project.

Please contact us at info@hiphealth.ca.

Who can use the DXA?

Local, national, or international Researchers from:

  • Academic institutions
  • Industry
  • Government

The primary use of the DXA is for health research, however researchers in other fields are welcome to submit a project proposal.

WE USE THE DXA
  • to assess hip and spine bone mineral content and density.
  • to evaluate total body, bone, fat and muscle mass.