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Assessing the biomechanical strength of trabecular bone in vitro using 3D anisotropic nonlinear texture measures: the scaling vector method
Author(s): Roberto A. Monetti; Holger F. Bohm; Dirk Muller; Ernst J. Rummeny; Thomas M. Link; Christoph W. Rath
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Paper Abstract

We introduce the scaling vector method (SVM): a technique to obtain local non-linear structural information from data sets suitable in cases where anisotropy plays an important role. We apply the SVM to High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Images (HRMRI) of human proximal femur specimens IN VITRO which contain a large portion of bone tissue forming a complex network of mineralized trabeculae oriented along the major stress lines. By means of the SVM, we extract a 3D non-linear local anisotropic texture measure which we use to compare with similar isotropic texture measures, bone mineral density (BMD) and standard isotropic 2D (linear) morphometric parameters in the prediction of the biomechanical properties of the trabecular bone. Our results show that structural non-linear anisotropic texture measures which account for the preferential direction of the trabeculae are superior to isotropic and bulk measures in the prediction of the mechanical properties of the human proximal femur in vitro.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5370, Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing, (12 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.532708
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Roberto A. Monetti, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Holger F. Bohm, Technische Univ. Munchen (Germany)
Dirk Muller, Technische Univ. Munchen (Germany)
Ernst J. Rummeny, Technische Univ. Munchen (Germany)
Thomas M. Link, Technische Univ. Munchen (Germany)
Christoph W. Rath, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5370:
Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing
J. Michael Fitzpatrick; Milan Sonka, Editor(s)

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