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28 February 2020 CT-based characterization of transverse and longitudinal trabeculae and its applications
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Osteoporosis is a common age-related disease characterized by reduced bone mineral density (BMD), micro-structural deterioration, and enhanced fracture-risk. Although, BMD is clinically used to define osteoporosis, there are compelling evidences that bone micro-structural properties are strong determinants of bone strength and fracture-risk. Reliable measures of effective trabecular bone (Tb) micro-structural features are of paramount clinical significance. Tb consists of transverse and longitudinal micro-structures, and there is a hypothesis that transverse trabeculae improve bone strength by arresting buckling of longitudinal trabeculae. In this paper, we present an emerging clinical CT-based new method for characterizing transverse and longitudinal trabeculae, validate the method, and examine its application in human studies. Specifically, we examine repeat CT scan reproducibility, and evaluate the relationships of these measures with gender and body size using human CT data from the Iowa Bone Development Study (IBDS) (n = 99; 49 female). Based on a cadaveric ankle study (n = 12), both transverse and longitudinal Tb measures are found reproducible (ICC < 0.94). It was observed in the IBDS human data that males have significantly higher trabecular bone measures than females for both inner (p < 0.05) and outer (p < 0.01) regions of interest (ROIs). For weight, Spearman correlations ranged 0.43-0.48 for inner ROI measures and 0.50-0.52 for outer ROI measures for females versus 0.30-0.34 and 0.23-0.25 for males. Correlation with height was lower (0.36-0.39), but still mostly significant for females. No association of trabecular measures with height was found for males.
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Xiaoliu Zhang, Elena M. Letuchy, Steven M. Levy, James C. Torner, and Punam K. Saha "CT-based characterization of transverse and longitudinal trabeculae and its applications", Proc. SPIE 11317, Medical Imaging 2020: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 113171F (28 February 2020);

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