Center for Musculoskeletal Research

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Lead by doctors Richard Komistek and Mohamed Mahfouz, the Center for Musculoskeletal Research examines and explores the musculoskeletal system to achieve a greater quality of life. Amongst our studies we are most known for our research of artificial joints through fluoroscopy.

Many of the joint implants used by hospitals vary in size, material, and function. Current joint research is geared toward enhanced understanding and improving the various types of implants used in joints throughout the human body.

Through our research, doctors and manufacturers may better understand the ways an implant function and improve upon past designs and decisions. One such study allowed us to present data showing different ankle and knee braces, thus shedding light on how well each one performed.

CMR collects all of its data first hand through fluoroscopy of patients that have the very implants we are trying to improve. One very valuable aspect to CMR is our proprietary software. SAAM (Simulated Algorithmic Anatomical Modeling) is a software program created for modeling by Dr. Mohamed Mafouz.

Much of our work is conducted at the University of Tennessee campus, while data is gather from patients on site at various hospitals around the world. Countries we have visited include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States.

Ultimately, our research benefits the individuals that must live the rest of their lives with a joint implant. Restoring or improving the quality of life for someone allows them to continue doing everyday activities they enjoyed before they were unable to do.