Investigation of the mechanical properties of bone using ultrasound

P. J. Gill, W. George Kernohan, I. N. Mawhinney, R. A.B. Mollan, R. McIlhagger

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This paper examines the serial use of ultrasonic velocity measurement to monitor fracture healing. New Zealand White rabbit tibiae were fractured using a constant-energy technique and the ultrasonic velocity along the bone measured in animals sacrificed at 16 day intervals up to 96 days from fracture. In parallel with these measurements the mechanical performance of the healed tibiae were determined using a three-point bending test. Regression analysis failed to show a sufficiently good correlation between ultrasonic velocity measurements and the bending properties of healing fractures for the method to be of use clinically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Mar 1989


  • bone composition


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