Ultrasonic attenuation and velocity in bone

Phys Med Biol. 1990 Oct;35(10):1387-96. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/35/10/004.


The measurement of attenuation and velocity of ultrasound in cancellous bovine femora has been studied. The dependence of both attenuation between 0.2 and 0.8 MHZ and velocity on the bone density has been measured. The results show a correlation coefficient of around 0.5 for attenuation and density, and a value of roughly 0.85 for velocity and density. The clinical consequences for the use of low frequency ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in bone disease are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Density / physiology
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cattle
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Ultrasonography