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    Dear Biomch-L subscribers,

    I am posting the summary of the responds I have received for my question. I
    would like to thank the members how sent me their ideas.
    I am posting the original question and the answers I have received.

    Best wishes


    Original post
    Dear Biomch-L subscribers,

    I am trying to create a 3D model for the wrist/hand rotations. I have done a
    literature search trying to find how to define the anatomical coordinate
    system for the wrist using magnetic tracking device and define anatomical
    coordinate system by digitizing anatomical landmarks. The ISB proposal is
    using a volume data of the 3rd metacarpal bone to define this coordinate
    system (we don’t have this option in our lab)and defining neutral position.
    Most of the articles I have found are using 3D scanning devices (MRI etc.)
    or just using one marker to define the hand without calculating the
    rotational axes. Does anyone have any experience in creating an anatomical
    coordinate system for the wrist/hand by digitizing bony landmarks? I will
    appreciate any ideas or thoughts on this issue.
    I will post a summary of the responses.


    Tal Amasay
    Graduate student
    University of Oregon

    Brian Fay wrote,

    Try these refs:

    Shimada SD, Cooper RA, Boninger ML, Koontz AM, Corfman TA. Comparison of
    three different models to represent the wrist during wheelchair propulsion.
    IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2001 Sep;9(3):274-82

    Rao SS, Bontrager EL, Gronley JK, Newsam CJ, Perry J. Three-dimensional
    kinematics of wheelchair propulsion. IEEE Trans Rehabil Eng. 1996

    Best Wishes,

    Brian Fay

    Zong-Ming Li wrote,

    Dear Tal:

    See the attached paper. Hope it helps.

    Zong-Ming Li
    Zong-Ming Li, PhD
    Director, Hand Research Laboratory
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    210 Lothrop Street, E1641 BST
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Phone: 412 648 1494
    Fax: 412 648 8548

    Krista Evans wrote,

    An interesting article to consider is written by HJ Sommer. Here's the
    pubmed abstract:

    J Biomech Eng. 1980 Nov;102(4):311-7. Related Articles, Links
    A technique for kinematic modeling of anatomical joints.
    Sommer HJ 3rd, Miller NR.

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University,
    University Park 16802.

    This paper describes a general technique for fitting a spatial kinematic
    model to an in-vivo anatomical joint under typical physiological loading
    conditions. The method employs a nonlinear least squares algorithm to
    minimize the aggregate deviation between postulated model motion and
    experimentally measured anatomical joint motion over multiple joint
    positions. Estimation of the parameters of a universal joint with
    skew-oblique revolutes to best reproduce wrist motion was used as an
    example. Experimental motion data from the right wrists of five subjects
    were analyzed. The technique performed very well and produced repeatable
    results consistent with previous biomechanical wrist findings.

    PMID: 6965194 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    Krista Evans

    Dr. Caruntu wrote,

    The following two papers, ,
    could be useful to you:

    Hefzy, M.S., Ebraheim, N., Mekhail, A., Caruntu, D., Lin, H., and
    Yeasting, R., 2003, Kinematics of the Human Pelvis Following Open Book
    Injury, Medical Engineering and Physics, (c) IPEM, Elsevier Science
    Ltd., 25(4), pp. 259-274.

    Caruntu, D. and Hefzy, M.S., 2004, Three-Dimensional Anatomically
    Based Dynamic Modeling of the Human Knee to Include Tibio-Femoral and
    Patello-Femoral Joints, ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering,
    126(1), pp. 44-53.

    Good luck
    Dr. Caruntu