ASTM to hold symposium on static and dynamic spinal implants.

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Sept. 28, 2009-Papers are invited for a symposium on “Static and Dynamic Spinal Implants: Are We Evaluating Them Appropriately?” Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, the symposium will be held Nov. 16, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the Nov. 16-19 standards development meetings of the committee.

The objectives of the symposium are to provide a forum to evaluate existing standard test methods for spinal implants in light of clinical experience and failure modes, and to discuss what new directions and standards are needed to address clinical failures through pre-clinical testing.

There are four sessions planned for the symposium: static devices; dynamic devices, in vitro (cadaveric) test methods, and suggested test methods. Participants will learn: how current standards are succeeding in predicting clinical failure modes; where current standards are not predicting clinical failure modes and how they should be changed; and what new test methods are needed.

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