Quantitative Ultrasound for Assessing Bone Properties

  • D. Hans
  • T. Fuerst
  • G. Guglielmi
  • H. K. Genant


Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent decrease in the mechanical competence of bone and thus an increase in the susceptibility to fracture [1]. It most commonly presents as vertebral fractures. Colle’s fractures of the forearm and low-trauma fractures at other sites are also associated with this disease. However, the most severe complications of osteoporosis are hip fractures. Today the lifetime risk of hip fracture for a 50-year old woman is about 18% [2], and the continuing rise in life expectancy is expected to cause a threefold rise in worldwide fracture incidence over the next 60 years [2]. It is clear that osteoporosis represents a major worldwide public health problem that will grow in importance in the coming decades as the population ages. The associated increase in the financial burden to the public health system is an additional concern. In the United States alone the combined public health costs from osteoporosis were 10 billion dollars in 1989 [3–5]. Such forecasts have lead to the search for new, cost-effective methods for early detection, prevention, and treatment.


Femoral Neck Bone Mineral Density Quantitative Ultrasound Trochanteric Fracture Ultrasound Velocity Broadband Ultrasound Attenuation 
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  • D. Hans
  • T. Fuerst
  • G. Guglielmi
  • H. K. Genant

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