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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to identify specific bone characteristics of stress fracture (SF) cases in sportswomen. To date, no tool is able to distinguish individuals who are at risk, limiting preventive measures. MATERIAL AND METHODS We investigated the skeletal system of sportswomen who did sustain SF in the past (n = 19) and compared it with(More)
INTRODUCTION Animal studies suggest that bone remodeling is under beta-adrenergic control via the sympathetic nervous system. beta blockers have been suggested to stimulate bone formation and/or inhibit bone resorption in animals as well as to reduce the risk of fracture in humans. The purpose of this study was to examine if these agents can have a(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated the three-dimensional (3D) micro-architecture of subchondral trabecular (Tb) bone in osteoarthritis (OA). Due to high signal-to-noise ratio and high resolution, micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) by synchrotron radiation is considered as the gold standard for bone micro-architecture imaging. DESIGN Subchondral bone were extracted(More)
Assessment of bone microarchitecture in complement to bone mineral density (BMD) exam could improve prediction of osteoporotic fractures. A high-resolution X-ray prototype was developed to assess microarchitecture quality. Images were obtained on os calcis; then, three texture parameters were calculated on the same region of interest (ROI): a fractal(More)
It has been shown that the analysis of two dimensional (2D) bone X-ray images based on the fractional Brownian motion (fBm) model is a good indicator for quantifying alterations in the three dimensional (3D) bone micro-architecture. However, this 2D measurement is not a direct assessment of the 3D bone properties. In this paper, we first show that S(3D),(More)
Fractal analysis of bone X-ray images has received much interest recently for the diagnosis of bone disease. In this paper, we propose a fractal analysis of bone X-ray tomographic microscopy (XTM) projections. The aim of the study is to establish whether or not there is a correlation between three-dimensional (3-D) trabecular changes and two-dimensional(More)
BACKGROUND The porosity of human cortical bone is one of the major parameters conditioning bone strength. The purpose of this study was to validate the characterization of human cortical bone microarchitecture using microcomputed tomography (microCT). To validate this microCT technique, the structural measurements were compared with other methods such as(More)
Bone intrinsic strength is conditioned by several factors, including material property and trabecular micro-architecture. Bone mineral density (BMD) is a good surrogate for material property. Architectural anisotropy is of special interest in mechanics-architecture relations and characterizes the degree of directional organization of a material. We have(More)
BACKGROUND The degree of anisotropy (DA) on radiographs is related to bone structure, we present a new index to assess DA. METHODS In a region of interest from calcaneus radiographs, we applied a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). All the FFT spectra involve the horizontal and vertical components corresponding respectively to longitudinal and transversal(More)