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Technology and Health Care is intended to serve as a forum for the presentation of original articles and technical notes, observing rigorous scientific standards. Furthermore, upon invitation, reviews, tutorials, discussion papers and minisymposia are featured.
The following types of contributions and areas are considered:
1. Original articles:
Technology development in medicine: New concepts, procedures and devices associated with the use of technology in medical research and clinical practice are presented to a readership with a widespread background in engineering and/or medicine.
Significance of medical technology and informatics for healthcare: The appropriateness, efficacy and usefulness deriving from the application of engineering methods, devices and informatics in medicine and with respect to public health are discussed.
2. Technical notes:
Short communications on novel technical developments with relevance for clinical medicine.
3. Reviews and tutorials (upon invitation only):
Tutorial and educational articles for persons with a primarily medical background on principles of engineering with particular significance for biomedical applications and vice versa are presented.
4. Minisymposia (upon invitation only):
Under the leadership of a Special Editor, controversial issues relating to healthcare are highlighted and discussed by various authors.
Abstract: Ballistic walking has been a topic of research in biomechanics and robotics several times. The main advantages of this approach are: self-organizing properties, minimal energetic expenditure, and natural movement. This would make ballistic walking a perfect physical principle for application in rehabilitation, and robotics. However a typical shortcoming of this approach is that it does not explicitly involve actuation (e.g., muscles or motors). In this work ballistic walking is extended with variable intrinsic system parameters, which can be used as an energy input and for disturbance control. With a limit cycle approach walking cycles can be synthesized and cycle…controllers can be designed. Experiments with a bipedal robot and simulations illustrate the route towards more robust, and applicable ballistic walking.
Abstract: The procedure and the external fixator for lengthening long bones was developed by G.A. Ilizarov in the late 1960’s. This technique has, despite its proven abilities for leg lengthening and correction of angular deformities, some considerable disadvantages for the patients. Discomfort, infections and restricted weight bearing are some reasons for the development of a completely intramedullary device for leg lengthening. The device developed at the Laboratory of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente, is a telescopic intramedullary nail with a maximum diameter of 13 mm, which can be lengthened with 0.5 mm steps induced by a shape memory alloy actuator. The…electrical energy for the actuator is supplied from outside the body by inductive coupling of two solenoid coils. Internally, the electrical energy is transformed to thermal energy by Thermofoils and Peltier-elements.