Published in Medical Imaging Business Week, July 28th, 2005
The risk of hip fracture rises exponentially with age, and may result from fragility of the femoral neck. Dr. Paul M. Mayhew (University of Cambridge, U.K.) and colleagues writing in the July 9, 2005, Lancet used computed tomography to scan sections of femurs from 81 adults who died suddenly. They created three-dimensional reconstructions of the bone, then obtained a cross-sectional image of the mid-femoral neck. From these cross sections, they estimated the amount of stress that each region could tolerate before becoming unstable.
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