Human Joint Analysis with the K-Scan

K-Scan System

Provides a better understanding of how the contact surfaces of articulating bones are functioning and loading.

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Human Joint Analysis with the K-Scan™ System

  • Paper-thin sensors provide accurate data for objective, quantified analysis of joint function
  • System measures pressure, force and contact area between adjacent articulating bones to provide a better understanding of how they are functioning, articulating, and loading
  • Multiple sensor designs allow for various types of joint analysis, such as shoulder, wrist, knee, ankle, and more
  • Scanning speed of up to 100 Hz

See how researchers at the Cleveland Clinic use K-Scan™ in their BioRobotics Lab in this video from their YouTube channel.

Benefits of Pressure Measurement

  • Validate and improve the design of implants
  • Help to increase longevity of artificial joints
  • Visualization of internal joint pressure distribution
  • Benchmarking

Research Validated System

A recent study published using human cadaveric shoulders stated, 'Tekscan sensors are highly accurate and can collect data points continuously in real time, thereby allowing the fixation techniques to be studied over time.1' Read the full article here


1. Lin, Cheng-Li., et al. (2019) Different suture anchor fixation techniques affect contact properties in humeral greater tuberosity fracture: a biomechanical study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 20:26. 


K-Scan™ Joint Analysis System Applications

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  • Determine loading force, pressure, and contact area
  • Provide data for dynamic and finite stress analysis
  • Study of implant design and articulating joints
  • View and assess the impact of various joint compartment geometries
  • Perform cadaveric joint studies on the knee, ankle, wrist, hip, elbow, and shoulder
  • Assess the design or evaluate the function of the artificial joints

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Numerous articles have been published regarding pressure mapping and its applications. Tekscan has compiled a list of these research publications in our Medical Bibliography.

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K-Scan System Configuration

A Tekscan system consists of scanning electronics, software and patented thin-film sensors.

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K-Scan™ Components

  • Evolution™ USB Handle - Every Tekscan system uses specially designed scanning electronics called Handles or Cuffs. The electronics connect to the sensor, gather the data from the sensor, and then process and send this data to your computer via USB connection.
  • K-Scan Software CD
  • K-Scan Sensors - Sensor selection dependent on application

Additional items may be included with your system purchase.

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Sensors Available for Each Application

The sensors below are standard sensors for systems.  If you don't see a sensor that fits your needs, contact us, custom capabilities are available. 

Equilibration devices are available to normalize sensor output.

* Sensor Model shown in image.

Scapula Joint

Sensor in Scapula Joint

5101 *


Sensor in Socket

5101 *

Disks and Vertebrae

Sensors in Disks and Vertebrae


Articular Processes

Sensors in Articular Processes

6900 *

Wrist Joint

Sensor in Wrist Joint

4201 *

Knee Joint

Sensor in Knee Joint

4000 *
4041 (Canine knee sensor)

Ankle Joint

Sensor in Ankle Joint

5033 *

View all of Tekscan's Medical Pressure Sensors


K-Scan™ Joint Analysis Software Features

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  • Dynamic 2D and 3D displays of real-time and recorded data
  • Displays of pressure and force curves, and contact area over time
  • View data frame by frame
  • Side-by-side comparisons of joint compartment loading
  • Frame by frame, and peak phase displays
  • Ability to isolate and concentrate on specific areas of the contact area ASCII data output

Watch a video of the software in action!

The software is available in several languages including Spanish, French and German.

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