Biomechanics of the Gastrointestinal Tract is an up-to-date book for researchers on the study of the mechanical properties and the motor system of the gastrointestinal tract. A well-illustrated book, it provides a comprehensive overview to relevant tissue geometry, morphology and biomechanical theory. Separate chapters cover smooth muscle and nerve function including the application to animal and human studies of motility, symptoms and pain, determination of the true resting state, history-dependent properties, and tissue remodelling in disease. Several methods and diagnostic applications such as determination of in vivo length-tension diagrams and multimodal pain testing are completely new but will undoubtedly be used by many in the future. New non-invasive imaging techniques based on ultrasound, MR- and CT-scanning in combination with balloon distension are emerging as the techniques for future in vivo studies.
1 The Concept of Biomechanics.- 2 Geometry, Structure and Motor Function of the Gastrointestinal Tract.- 3 Basic Mechanical Theory.- 4 Biomechanical Methods and Analysis.- 5 Gastrointestinal Smooth Muscle Mechanical Behaviour and Neural Circuits.- 6 The Zero-stress State of the Gastrointestinal Tract The Concept of Residual Stress and Strain.- 7 Mechanical Properties in Normal Gastrointestinal Tissue.- 8 Growth and Remodelling in the Gastrointestinal Tract.- 9 Perspectives.