Facilities and Resources

The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory has the following equipment:

  • HR-pQCT (XtremeCT, Scanco, Switzerland). This peripheral CT can acquire images in extremities (distal radius, distal tibia) at a resolution of 82 micron/voxel in living subjects, or 41 micron/voxel in specimens. It is fully shielded and CE approved. Associated with the instrumentation is an HP server configured with all necessary image processing software as well as a micro-finite-element solver. The server is maintained by WPI computing resources and is set up for remote access by the research team.
  • Dell Precision T7500n computer with 6-core Intel Xeon Processor (2.66 GHz, 12M L3, 6.4GT/s turbo), 48 GB 1333MHz RAM, 1GB ATI Firepro V4800 graphics card, and 3 high-speed 146GB SAS hard drives. The computer is connected to the University high-speed network via hard connection, and is equipped with the following software:


MIMICs v. 18.0 CT and medical image manipulation and analysis
MIMICs +stl and +FE modules 3D modeling, segmentation, and meshing add-ons for MIMICs
Matlab 7.8 (including all toolboxes) versatile mathematical computing environment for custom image manipulation and matrix analysis
ABAQUS 6.9 finite element analysis and visualization software
IA-FEMesh hexahedral meshing software
ImageJ NIH image analysis program
BoneJ micro-CT histomorphometry plug-in for ImageJ
FEBio open source finite element solver


Shared within the Department and University:

Major equipment that can be accessed outside the University:

  • GE Optima computed tomography scanner (located at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center two miles from the laboratory and PI’s office.  Scheduling available by appointment.)