Calcaneus as a site for the assessment of bone mass.

  title={Calcaneus as a site for the assessment of bone mass.},
  author={Teruki Sone and Yoshiyuki Imai and Tatsushi Tomomitsu and Masao Fukunaga},
  volume={22 5 Suppl},
The calcaneus is a skeletal site frequently used for monitoring bone loss after spaceflight, because it is sensitive to microgravity-induced bone mineral loss and reflects the degree of demineralization in the vertebra and the femoral neck. In this article, methods for assessing the calcaneus are reviewed, and their potential applications and limitations as the monitoring site for bone loss in weightlessness are discussed. Currently, single or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry appears to be most… CONTINUE READING