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Title: Digital electronic bone growth stimulator

Abstract

The present invention relates to the electrical treatment of biological tissue. In particular, the present invention discloses a device that produces discrete electrical pulse trains for treating osteoporosis and accelerating bone growth. According to its major aspects and broadly stated, the present invention consists of an electrical circuit configuration capable of generating Bassett-type waveforms shown with alternative signals provide for the treatment of either fractured bones or osteoporosis. The signal generator comprises a quartz clock, an oscillator circuit, a binary divider chain, and a plurality of simple, digital logic gates. Signals are delivered efficiently, with little or no distortion, and uniformly distributed throughout the area of injury. Perferably, power is furnished by widely available and inexpensive radio batteries, needing replacement only once in several days. The present invention can be affixed to a medical cast without a great increase in either weight or bulk. Also, the disclosed stimulator can be used to treat osteoporosis or to strengthen a healing bone after the cast has been removed by attaching the device to the patient`s skin or clothing.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
206873
Patent Number(s):
8158290
Application Number:
ON: DE96005165; PAN: 8-158,290
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01M - PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B01 - PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL B01D - SEPARATION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; 42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; BONE TISSUES; GROWTH; BIOELECTRICITY; BIOMIMETIC PROCESSES; OSTEOPOROSIS; THERAPY; BONE FRACTURES; ELECTRIC CONTROLLERS; CALCIUM PHOSPHATES; PIEZOELECTRICITY; WAVE FORMS; MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Citation Formats

Kronberg, J W. Digital electronic bone growth stimulator. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Kronberg, J W. Digital electronic bone growth stimulator. United States.
Kronberg, J W. Fri . "Digital electronic bone growth stimulator". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/206873.
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