Measurements of trabecular bone structure in man

Phys Med Biol. 1976 Jul;21(4):589-607. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/21/4/010.


A quantitative analysis of trabecular bone structure is presented, based on omnidirectional distributions of paths across (a) trabeculation and (b) marrow cavities. The omnidirectional distributions, which take into account structural anisotropy, are generated from measured distributions of paths. Representative examples are given, together with values of two commonly quoted structural parameters, the ratio of endosteal surface to bone volume and percentage bone volume. Data on the biological and age variations in the third lumbar vertebra are also presented and an index of trabecular anisotropy suggested. Finally, the results are compared with those of other workers and estimates of useful skeletal parameters given.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Bone Matrix / anatomy & histology
  • Bone Matrix / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone and Bones / anatomy & histology*
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Female
  • Femur
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Spine