Trabecular bone mineral density (TBMD) was measured in vivo in the calcaneus by a new method that uses the ratio of coherent to Compton-scattered photons arising from irradiation of a small volume of trabecular bone by a gamma ray source with highly collimated geometry. TBMD values for healthy men (22-77 years) were in the range of 180-357 mg/ml, and values for healthy women (18-73 years) were in the range of 160-321 mg/ml. In contrast, values in a small group of paraplegics were in the range of 90-199 mg/ml.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging