Design of Medical Devices and Implants

Diagram of bone strain system, showing implant in femur, standing on force plate, an exercise protocol, and receiver and analysis/control modules; and a patent diagram of the rectangular heart valve.

Two of the patents resulting from projects of 2.782J design teams in prior years: implantable bone strain telemetry sensing (Elvin et al, 1997) and a heart valve with rectangular orifice (Mazzucco et al, 2000). (Image by Prof. Myron Spector.)


MIT Course Number

2.782J / 3.961J / 20.451J / HST.524J

As Taught In

Spring 2006



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Course Description

This design course targets the solution of clinical problems by use of implants and other medical devices. Topics include the systematic use of cell-matrix control volumes; the role of stress analysis in the design process; anatomic fit, shape and size of implants; selection of biomaterials; instrumentation for surgical implantation procedures; preclinical testing for safety and efficacy, including risk/benefit ratio assessment evaluation of clinical performance and design of clinical trials. Student project materials are drawn from orthopedic devices, soft tissue implants, artificial organs, and dental implants.

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Ioannis Yannas, and Myron Spector. 2.782J Design of Medical Devices and Implants. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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