Special computer-aided equipment was designed for measurement of biomechanical characteristics of lower part of the spine (L1-L5). When the stress is applied, it is necessary to observe the shift of the sample elements, together with measurement of the spine rigidity. This shift is determined with the help of circular targets fitted to the appropriate vertebra. The targets, illuminated by lamp or laser light, are monitored and their digitalized images are scanned by CCD camera is stored as computer media. The two dimensional Fourier transform of the digital optical signal is obtained by the fast Fourier transform algorithm. The period and direction of the interference fringes determine the size and the direction of the sample shift.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.