Noninvasive assessment of bone density, quality, and structure: The role of quantitative computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

M. Cammisa, G. Guglielmi

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Recent advances in the development of methods to assess the skeleton noninvasively have contributed to screening the risk of osteoporosis, early detection of the disease, and effective monitoring of its progression and response to therapy. The capability now exists to evaluate the peripheral, central, or entire skeleton as well as the trabecular bone or cortical bone envelopes accurately and precisely. In this article we examine the current and future capabilities of quantitative computed tomography, and quantitative magnetic resonance to assess bone density, quality, and structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalItalian Journal of Mineral and Electrolyte Metabolism
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997



  • Bone structure
  • Peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT)
  • Quantitative computed tomography
  • Quantitative magnetic resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology

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