Injury, the aging process, and disease are contributing factors to the irreversible changes in human tissue that lead to pain, discomfort and immobility in a person over time. As researchers and engineers work to develop replacement tissues, perfect surgical techniques, grow replacement biomaterials and learn to accurately diagnose these changes in tissue physiology and mechanics, a crucial step is to evaluate the natural tissues they are attempting to simulate. Further, mechanical understanding of healthy tissue is used to diagnose diseased or damaged tissue during the procedure or in the surgeon’s office.
The following provides for an overview of the most common tissue testing applications. Not only do the Instron® biomedical applications specialists have a selection of products and accessories, but also the experience and breadth of knowledge to help create a customized solution that meets your individual testing requirements.
- Uniaxial Testing of the Esophagus
- Low-Force Testing of Tissues and Biomaterials
- Low-Force Dynamic Fatigue Testing of Tissues and Biomaterials
- In Vitro Microindentation of Bone to Determine Mechanical Properties
- Tensile Testing of Hair
- Testing Polymer Hydrogels
- Adhesion Strength Testing of Bioadhesives
Test systems that can be used for biomaterials and tissue engineering include the 5940 and 5960 series, and ElectroPuls dynamic test instruments. Other test systems such as torsion, multi-axial and impact can also be used.