Faculty Advisor

Sean S. Kohles

Faculty Advisor

Allen H. Hoffman

Faculty Advisor

Denise W. Nicoletti

Faculty Advisor

Peder C. Pedersen

Identifier

etd-0808100-001812

Abstract

"The goal of this thesis work has been to investigate improved diagnostic methods for both detecting osteoporosis and estimating fracture risk non-invasively, by assessing bone mass density (BMD) and bone microstructure. It evaluates new approaches for analyzing through-transmission ultrasound signals using coral samples as models for trabecular bone. The results of BUA, impulse response of coral samples and the angular decorrelation function of coral samples indicate that these ultrasound parameters may be useful in detecting changes in both bone mineral density (BMD) and the presence of dominant trabecular bone structure axis. "

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2000-08-08

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

angular decorrelation function, impulse response, BUA, BMD, ultrasound, coral, trabecular bone, osteoporosis, Osteoporosis, Diagnosis, Bone densitometry, Ultrasonic imaging

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