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Diagnosis of osteoporosis based on multi-scale wavelet parameters of ultrasonic guided waves(2017 No.4)
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Title: Diagnosis of osteoporosis based on multi-scale wavelet parameters of ultrasonic guided waves

Author(s): SONG Xiaojun;TA De'an;MOILANEN Petro;

Affiliation(s): Department of Electronic Science and Technology, Shanghai University of Electric Power; et al.

Abstract: Evaluating bone regularly is important to prevent and control the disease of osteoporosis. Impact of osteoporosis on ultrasonic guided waves propagating in human long bones is studied in this paper. Multi-scale wavelet transform is proposed to process the received guided waves, and by analyzing energy changes in detail components of high order wavelet at different propagating distance to assess if osteoporosis happened. The guided waves signals are collected from the tibias of 13 volunteers. Based on the analysis of multi-scale wavelet transform, the high order detail components d6 and d5 changed dramatically with the propagation of ultrasonic guided waves along long bones, which means these 7 volunteers are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Compared with X-ray diagnosis, the effectiveness of this method can reach 92.3% in 13 volunteers. This suggests the multi-scale wavelet transform method is potential in ultrasonic assessment of bone quality.

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