Handbook of Spine Technology

  • Boyle Cheng


  • Reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the bioengineering field and is appropriate for readers in the applied sciences, clinical medicine, academia, industry, and government

  • Documents the history of failed spinal implants and poor clinical outcomes, to prevent a repeat of failed technologies

  • Summarizes approved spinal technologies in the international landscape, and advances the field by looking to the future of spinal technologies, such as robotic assisted surgery, image guidance, minimally invasive surgery, and more

Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Jonathan Parish, Domagoj Coric
  2. Matthew N. Scott-Young, Mario G. T. Zotti
  3. Tristan B. Fried, Tyler M. Kreitz, I. David Kaye
  4. Matthew N. Scott-Young, David M. Grosser, Mario G. T. Zotti
  5. A. Karim Ahmed, Zach Pennington, Camilo A. Molina, C. Rory Goodwin, Daniel M. Sciubba
  6. Franziska Anna Schmidt, Raj Nangunoori, Taylor Wong, Sertac Kirnaz, Roger Härtl
  7. I. D. Coulter, M. J. Schneider, J. Egan, D. R. Murphy, Silvano A. Mior, G. Jacob
  8. Christoph Wipplinger, Yu Moriguchi, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Eliana Kim, Farah Maryam, Roger Härtl
  9. Charles C. Lee, Kee D. Kim
  10. Jae Hyuk Yang, Juliane D. Glaeser, Linda E. A. Kanim, Carmen Y. Battles, Shrikar Bondre, Hyun W. Bae
  11. Paul A. Anderson
  12. Thomas J. Buell, Mark E. Shaffrey
  13. Bobby G. Yow, Andres S. Piscoya, Scott C. Wagner
  14. Joseph D. Smucker, Rick C. Sasso
  15. Kris E. Radcliff, Daniel A. Tarazona, Michael Markowitz, Edwin Theosmy
  16. Catherine Miller, Deepak Bandlish, Puneet Gulati, Santan Thottempudi, Domagoj Coric, Praveen Mummaneni
  17. Tyler M. Kreitz, James McKenzie, Safdar Khan, Frank M. Phillips

About this book


This handbook is the most authoritative and up-to-date reference on spine technology written for practitioners, researchers, and students in bioengineering and clinical medicine. It is the first resource to provide a road map of both the history of the field and its future by documenting the poor clinical outcomes and failed spinal implants that contributed to problematic patient outcomes, as well as the technologies that are currently leading the way towards positive clinical outcomes. 
The contributors are leading authorities in the fields of engineering and clinical medicine and represent academia, industry, and international government and regulatory agencies. The chapters are split into five sections, with the first addressing clinical issues such as anatomy, pathology, oncology, trauma, diagnosis, and imaging studies. The second section, on biomechanics, delves into fixation devices, the bone implant interface, total disc replacements, injury mechanics, and more. The last three sections, on technology, are divided into materials, commercialized products, and surgery. All appropriate chapters will be continually updated and available on the publisher’s website, in order to keep this important reference as up-to-date as possible in a fast-moving field. 


Spinal interventions and implants Man-made spine technologies Clinical outcomes Imaging studies Clinical biomechanics Injury mechanics Positive biomechanics Spine Implants Robotic assisted surgery Surgical approaches to the lumbar spine Total disc replacements Spinal instability Neurologic deficiencies

Editors and affiliations

  • Boyle Cheng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryAllegheny General Hospital Department of NeurosurgeryMarsUSA

About the editors

Boyle Cheng, PhD, is Director of Neurosurgical and Spine Research at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include spine biomechanics and neurosciences, comparative test methodologies, ASTM international test standards, clinical robotics, and specimen specific dynamic models.

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