From the *Northern Deanery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England; †Department of Spinal Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia; ‡School of Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; §Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; and ¶Sir Peter Mansfield MR Center, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Acknowledgment date: November 10, 2008. Revision date: June 1, 2009. Acceptance date: June 2, 2009.
The manuscript submitted does not contain information about medical device(s)/drug(s).
Institutional funds were received in support of this work. No benefits in any form have been or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript.
Supported by Pump Priming Research Grant, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust.
The study was approved by The Healthy Volunteers Research Ethics Committee Nottingham University (in 2004, Ref.M/09/04) and Research and Development Department, Nottingham University Hospital (2004).
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