Ms. Toner specializes in wear and fatigue testing of medical devices, cardiovascular testing, and imaging analysis. She has experience in developing custom methods for evaluation of medical devices. Ms. Toner is proficient in operation of heart valve durability testers and pulse duplicators as well as MTS mechanical load frames, MTS spine wear simulators, AMTI knee wear testers, and pin-on-disk testers. Additionally, she has experience in developing customized test fixtures for these pieces of equipment. Ms. Toner’s other laboratory capabilities include use of the white light interferometry (WLI), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), particle analysis, and micro computed tomography scanner (microCT).
Ms. Toner’s area of expertise also includes retrieval analysis of medical devices and analysis of microCT data using Analyze and Materialize Mimics. These skills enable quantitative analysis of wear and damage observed on in vivo retrieved and in vitro tested devices.
Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. Toner’s master's thesis work was centered on evaluating the performance of prosthetic heart valves through the construction of a custom-built pulse duplicator for use in pre-clinical testing. She designed, built, and validated the tester by utilizing a servo-hydraulic actuator as the driving mechanism for testing. The pulse duplicator provides custom valve testing and an easy interface with the heart valve durability testers available at Exponent.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2017
- B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2017
Bertone T, Toner G, Siskey RL, Kurtz SM. How does the coefficient of friction of all cartilage bearings compare to cartilage-on-biomaterial bearings? Poster No. 1364, 63rd Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA, March 19-22, 2017.