Facilities and Services

Materials and Structural Testing Core lab facilities at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

The Biomechanics Core is located on Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The core's facilities consist of a machine shop, material testing room and anatomical dissection room.

The core has a strong history of collaboration with many areas at Mayo Clinic, including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Dentistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Engineering
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics and sports medicine
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physiology and biomedical engineering
  • Radiology

Service lines available through the Biomechanics Core include:

  • Mechanical testing. Mechanical behavior testing of biological and nonbiological test articles is conducted by staff engineers using commercially available and custom-made systems. Testing can be conducted using scales of different lengths ranging from the nanometer level to whole-body cadaver tests. See more details about mechanical testing services.
  • Kinematic data collection and analysis. Kinematic data collected in cadaveric studies can be used to evaluate joint motion augmented by artificial implants or soft tissue repair techniques. Read more about data collection and analysis services.
  • Engineering design and analysis. A full range of engineering design and analysis services are available, including protocol development, programming and data analysis that facilitates investigator experiments. This service uses sophisticated software capable of mathematical and statistical analysis, numerical simulation, computer-aided design, and medical image processing. Learn more about engineering design and analysis services.
  • Fabrication. The core can design and fabricate fixtures and models of devices and equipment for investigators. Get more information about fabrication services.