ASTM F2346 - 05(2011)

    Standard Test Methods for Static and Dynamic Characterization of Spinal Artificial Discs

    Active Standard ASTM F2346 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.25

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.01


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    Significance and Use

    Artificial intervertebral discs are orthopaedic implants that replace degenerated natural intervertebral discs. Their function is to support the anterior column of the spine while allowing motion at the operated level. These test methods outline materials and methods for the characterization of the mechanical performance of different artificial intervertebral discs so that comparisons can be made between different designs.

    These test methods are designed to quantify the static and dynamic characteristics of different designs of artificial intervertebral discs. These tests are conducted in vitro in order to allow for analysis of individual disc replacement devices and comparison of the mechanical performance of multiple artificial intervertebral disc designs in a standard model.

    The loads applied to the artificial intervertebral discs may differ from the complex loading seen in vivo, and therefore, the results from these tests may not directly predict in vivo performance. The results, however, can be used to compare mechanical performance of different artificial intervertebral discs.

    Fatigue tests should be conducted in a 0.9 % saline environmental bath at 37°C at a rate of 2 Hz or less. Other test environments such as a simulated body fluid, a saline drip or mist, distilled water, or other type of lubrication could also be used with adequate justification. Likewise, alternative test frequencies may be used with adequate justification.

    It is well known that the failure of materials is dependent upon stress, test frequency, surface treatments, and environmental factors. Therefore, when determining the effect of changing one of these parameters (for example, frequency, material, or environment), all others should be kept constant to facilitate interpretation of the results. In particular, it may be necessary to assess the influence of test frequency on device fracture while holding the test environment, implant materials and processing, and implant geometry constant.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods specify the materials and methods for the static and dynamic testing of artificial intervertebral discs.

    1.2 These test methods are intended to provide a basis for the mechanical comparison among past, present, and future non-biologic artificial intervertebral discs. These test methods allow comparison of artificial intervertebral discs with different intended spinal locations (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) and methods of application to the intervertebral spaces. These test methods are intended to enable the user to mechanically compare artificial intervertebral discs and do not purport to provide performance standards for artificial intervertebral discs.

    1.3 These test methods describe static and dynamic tests by specifying load types and specific methods of applying these loads. These tests are designed to allow for the comparative evaluation of artificial intervertebral discs.

    1.4 These test methods do not purport to address all clinically relevant failure modes for artificial intervertebral discs, some of which will be device specific. For example, these test methods do not address the implant's resistance to expulsion or implant wear resistance under expected in vivo loads and motions. In addition, the biologic response to wear debris is not addressed in these test methods.

    1.5 Requirements are established for measuring displacements, determining the yield load or moment, and evaluating the stiffness of artificial intervertebral discs.

    1.6 Some artificial intervertebral discs may not be testable in all test configurations.

    1.7 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard with the exception of angular measurements, which may be reported in terms of either degrees or radians.

    1.8 The use of this standard may involve the operation of potentially hazardous equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E466 Practice for Conducting Force Controlled Constant Amplitude Axial Fatigue Tests of Metallic Materials

    E467 Practice for Verification of Constant Amplitude Dynamic Forces in an Axial Fatigue Testing System

    E468 Practice for Presentation of Constant Amplitude Fatigue Test Results for Metallic Materials

    E1823 Terminology Relating to Fatigue and Fracture Testing

    F1582 Terminology Relating to Spinal Implants

    F2077 Test Methods For Intervertebral Body Fusion Devices


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.40 (Implants for surgery, prothetics and orthotics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42321600(Spinal implants)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2346-05R11

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