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ABSTRACT: The most important issue in the assessment of fracture healing is to acquire information about the restoration of the mechanical integrity of bone. Echo tracking (ET) can noninvasively measure the displacement of a certain point on the bone surface under a load. Echo tracking has been used to assess the bone deformation angle of the fracture healing site. Although this method can be used to evaluate bending stiffness, previous studies have not validated the accuracy of bending stiffness. The purpose of the present study is to ensure the accuracy of bending stiffness as measured by ET. A four-point bending test of the gap-healing model in rabbit tibiae was performed to measure bending stiffness. Echo tracking probes were used to measure stiffness, and the results were compared with results of stiffness measurements performed using laser displacement gauges. The relationship between the stiffness measured by these two devices was completely linear, indicating that the ET method could precisely measure bone stiffness.
Ultrasound in medicine & biology 12/2011; 38(2):287-95. · 2.02 Impact Factor