Cortical ultrasound velocity as an indicator of bone status

M. R. Stegman, R. P. Heaney, D. Travers-Gustafson, J. Leist

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Normative population data are reported here for velocity of ultrasound in tibial cortical bone in a population-based sample of both men and women (n=371). The cortical measurement is highly precise with reproducibility of the order of 0.5%. As with heel and patellar trabecular velocity, tibial cortical velocity declines with age from the fourth through the ninth decades. The rate is 1.7 m/s per year in men and 4.1 m/s per year in women. Tibial cortical velocity values correlate with patellar velocity and with forearm mineral, with correlation coefficients ranging from + 0.46 to +0.54 in women and +0.27 to +0.43 in men (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalOsteoporosis International
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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