What is the K-Scan™?

The K-Scan Joint Analysis System utilizes paper-thin sensors to provide accurate data for objective, quantified analysis of joint function. It measures pressure, force, and contact area between adjacent articulating bones to provide a better understanding of how they are functioning, articulating, and loading. 

  • The 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
K-Scan for joint analysis.K-Scan for joint analysis.

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

Key K-Scan Applications Include:

  • 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
  • Validate and improve the design of implants
  • Increase longevity of artificial joints
  • Help visualize of internal joint pressure distribution

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. 

View our bibliography to see the broad depth of applications for the K-Scan.



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

K-Scan Joint Analysis SystemK-Scan Joint Analysis System

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 depends on application

Additional items may be included with your system purchase.

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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

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

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See the K-Scan in Action!

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

Looking to Synchronize Multiple Technologies in One Platform?

Joint biomechanics research is complex, often requiring multiple technologies to collect the data you need. Now you can access multiple types of technologies in one platform. 

The simVITRO team at the BioRobotics Lab developed LabVIEW drivers with the ability to synchronize Evolution and VersaTek electronics (i.e. F-Scan, I-Scan, K-Scan, etc.) and/or other third party system data, such as motion capture and robotics.  For compatibility and additional information about an optimized hardware configuration, contact the BioRobotics Lab.

Package of drivers available from simVITRO to complement a variety of Tekscan.Package of drivers available from simVITRO to complement a variety of Tekscan.

  • No programming skills required
  • Customize and calculate Tekscan data metrics in real-time (max force, center of pressure, etc.)
  • Stream calculated channel data over a network
  • Easily synchronize with third party applications using calculated channels for control applications
  • Automatically transfer Tekscan data files over network after each collection
  • Customization provided via plug-in style architecture for calculated channels and LabVIEW palette of functions

Additionally, the drivers are compatible with the simVITRO system for robotically controlled anatomical joint testing.  Gather insights into joint pressures with an easy to use robot designed to simulate real movements.  Learn more 


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