Journal article

Cortical and Trabecular Bone Fracture Characterisation in the Vertebral Body Using Acoustic Emission

Dale L Robinson, Kwong Ming Tse, Melanie Franklyn, Jiang Yue Zhang, David Ackland, Peter Vee Sin Lee

Annals of Biomedical Engineering | SPRINGER | Published : 2019


The ability to rapidly detect localised fractures of cortical and/or trabecular bone sustained by the vertebral body would enhance the analysis of vertebral fracture initiation and propagation during dynamic loading. In this study, high rate axial compression tests were performed on twenty sets of three-vertebra lumbar spine specimens. Acoustic Emission (AE) sensor measurements of sound wave pressure were used to classify isolated trabecular fractures and severe compressive fractures of vertebral body cortical and trabecular bone. Fracture detection using standard AE parameters was compared to that of traditional mechanical parameters obtained from load cell and displacement readings. Result..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the support from Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia and the collaboration with U.S. Army Research Laboratory for this research. We also acknowledge the facilities and scientific and technical assistance of the National Imaging Facility, a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) capability, at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University.