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Musculoskeletal Imaging & Biomechanics Laboratory


The Musculoskeletal Imaging & Biomechanics Laboratory is dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of human movements and musculoskeletal disorders and interventions by utilizing advanced medical imaging technology. Research and training emphases would be focused on:

  1. To study orthopedic related topics with biomechanical analyses
  2. To utilize advanced imaging technologies in biomechanical studies
  3. To facilitate positive learning environment with adequate training for graduate students


Current Lab members
Director: Assistant professor Yu-Jen, Sam, Chen Ph.D. P.T.

Ph.D. Student: Ms. Tzu-Hui Huang, M.S., P.T.

M.S. Students: Ms. Yan-Ru Lin, B.S., P.T.

M.S. Students: Mr. You-Lin Fu, B.S., P.T.

Ms. Chien-Yu Yeh, M.S., P.T.

Ms. Hui-Chun Huang, M.S., P.T.

Undergraduate research volunteers
Mr. Ping-Chen Ni, B.S., P.T.

Mr. Jing-Ji Su (Senior year student)

Research Articles and Research Directions

Published Journal Articles:

  1. Powers CM, Ho KY, Chen YJ, Souza RB, Farrokhi S. Patellofemoral joint stress during weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing quadriceps exercises. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 May;44(5):320-7.
  2. Chen YJ, Powers CM. Comparison of three-dimensional patellofemoral joint reaction forces in persons with and without patellofemoral pain. J Appl Biomech. 2014 Aug;30(4):493-500.
  3. Teng HL, Chen YJ, Powers CM. Predictors of patellar alignment during weight bearing: An examination of patellar height and trochlear geometry. Knee. 2014 Jan;21(1):142-6.
  4. Oh JH, Tilan J, Chen YJ, Chung KC, McGarry MH, Lee TQ. Biomechanical effect of latissimus dorsi tendon transfer for irreparable massive cuff tear. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Feb;22(2):150-7.
  5. Kaplan K, ElAttrache NS, Vazquez O, Chen YJ, Lee T. Knotless rotator cuff repair in an external rotation model: the importance of medial-row horizontal mattress sutures. Arthroscopy. 2011 Apr;27(4):471-8.
  6. Chen YJ, Scher I, Powers CM. Quantification of patellofemoral joint reaction forces during functional activities using a subject specific, three-dimensional model. J Applied Biomech, In Press 2010, Nov.
  7. Powers CM, Chen YJ, Scher I, Lee TQ.Multi-plane loading of the extensor mechanism alters the patellar ligament force/quadriceps force ratio. J BiomechEng, 2010 Feb;132(2):024503.
  8. Farrokhi, S, Pollard CD, RichardS, Chen YJ,Reischl S, Powers CM. Trunk position influences the kinematics, kinetics, and muscle activity of the lead lower extremity during the forward lunge exercise.J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2008 Jul;38(7):403-9. Epub 2008 Apr 15
  9. Ota S, Ward SR, Chen YJ, Tsai YJ, Powers CM. Concurrent criterion-related validity and reliability of a clinical device used to assess lateral patellar displacement.J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2006 Sep;36(9):645-52.
  10. Powers CM, Chen YJ, Farrokhi S, Lee TQ. Role of peripatellar retinaculum in transmission of forces within the extensor mechanism.J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Sep;88(9):2042-8.
  11. Powers CM, Chen YJ, Scher I, Lee TQ. The influence of patellofemoral joint contact geometry on the modeling of three dimensional patellofemoral joint forces. J Biomech. 2006;39(15):2783-91. Epub 2005 Nov 22.
  12. Powers CM, Ward SR, Chan LD, Chen YJ, Terk MR. The effect of bracing on patella alignment and patellofemoral joint contact area. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004 Jul;36(7):1226-32.
  13. Powers CM, Ward SR, Chen YJ, Chan LD, Terk MR. Effect of bracing on patellofemoral joint stress while ascending and descending stairs.Clin J Sport Med. 2004 Jul;14(4):206-14.
  14. Powers CM, Ward SR, Chen YJ, Chan LD, Terk MR. The effect of bracing on patellofemoral joint stress during free and fast walking. Am J Sports Med. 2004 Jan-Feb;32(1):224-31.

Recent Research Projects:

  1. Quantifying Changes in Articular Cartilage with respect to Dynamic Loading in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis
  2. Quantifying and Comparing Treatment Effects of Gua-Sha and Ischemic Compression Techniques on Female Upper Trapezius Active Myofascial Trigger Points with Sonoelastographic Measurements


  1. VICON Bonita motion capture system (8 cameras, in collaboration with the Movement Science Laboratory)
  2. 3 Tesla MRI (in collaboration with NTUH Dept. Radiology, NYMU)
  3. FPX25 Algometer (Wagner Instrument)
  4. 926649 c-spine ROM system (Performance Attainment Associates)
  5. MRI segmentation software – SliceOmatic ®
  6. 3D reconstruction software – Rhinoceros ®
  7. Joint modeling software – SIMM ®

Contact information

Floor 3rd, No.17, Xuzhou Rd., Room #330, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Tel: 02-33668150
Fax: 02-33668161
e-mail: yujensch@ntu.edu.tw

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