ASTM F1717 – Standard Test Methods for Spinal Implant Constructs in a Vertebrectomy Model

These test methods cover the materials and methods for the static and fatigue testing of spinal implant assemblies in a vertebrectomy model.  The test materials for most combinations of spinal implant components can be specific, depending on the intended spinal location and intended method of application to the spine.  These test methods are intended to provide a basis for the mechanical comparison among past, present, and future spinal implant assemblies.  They allow comparison of spinal implant constructs with different intended spinal locations and methods of application to the spine. These test methods are not intended to define levels of performance, since sufficient knowledge is not available to predict the consequences of the use of a particular device.

There are three static test method and one fatigue test method.  The static test methods are: Compression Bending, Tension Bending, and Torsional Test.  The customer will request when a Static Tension Bending test shall be performed.

The fatigue test applies a sinusoidal load to the spinal construct. The loading should be maintained via a constant sinusoidal load amplitude control.  A constant load ratio (R) for all tests should be established and should be equal to or greater than 10.  The fatigue test is typically conducted at 5 Hertz for 5 million cycles or until failure, whichever occurs first.

There are a total of 6 samples tested for each test method.  Example of test results are shown below.

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