Basic biomechanical measurements of bone: a tutorial

Bone. Jul-Aug 1993;14(4):595-608. doi: 10.1016/8756-3282(93)90081-k.


Although bone densitometry is often used as a surrogate to evaluate bone fragility, direct biomechanical testing of bone undoubtedly provides more information about mechanical integrity. Like any other specialized field, biomechanics contains its own techniques and vocabulary. This article serves as a guide to biomechanical principles and testing techniques for bone specimens.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Bone Density / physiology*
  • Fractures, Bone / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Tensile Strength / physiology
  • Torsion Abnormality
  • Ultrasonics