Table 4

Element types and number of elements used in components of the spine

Component

Element type

No. of elements


L1

L2

L3

L4

L5


Cortical bone

M3D

385

3820

884

787

711

Cancellous bone

C3D4

4511

4180

4543

4285

4140

Endplate

M3D3

582

548

530

562

580

Posterior bone

C3D4

11773

15064

13636

12102

10594

L1/L2

L2/L3

L3/L4

L4/L5

L5/S1


Nucleus pulposus

C3D4

1048

954

992

988

833

Annulus fibrosus

M3D3

639

788

742

727

818

Annulus ground

C3D4

2079

2640

2447

2493

3201

substance


Ligament

ALL

PLL

LF

ISL

SSL

TL

No. of elements

M3D3

1544

592

552

335

250

710


Kuo et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010 11:151   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-151

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