Document Type thesis Author Name Sun, Yurong URN etd-0808100-001812 Title Ultrasound Characterization of Structure and Density of Coral as a Model for Trabecular Bone Degree MS Department Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisors Peder C. Pedersen, Advisor Allen H. Hoffman, Committee Member Denise W. Nicoletti, Committee Member Sean S. Kohles, Committee Member Keywords angular decorrelation function impulse response BUA BMD ultrasound coral trabecular bone osteoporosis Date of Presentation/Defense 2000-07-12 Availability unrestricted
The goal of this thesis work has been to investigate improved diagnostic methods for both detecting osteoporosis and estimating fracture risk non-invasively, by assessing bone mass density (BMD) and bone microstructure. It evaluates new approaches for analyzing through-transmission ultrasound signals using coral samples as models for trabecular bone. The results of BUA, impulse response of coral samples and the angular decorrelation function of coral samples indicate that these ultrasound parameters may be useful in detecting changes in both bone mineral density (BMD) and the presence of dominant trabecular bone structure axis.
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