Ultrasonic wave properties in bone axis direction of bovine cortical bone

Kazufumi Yamamoto*, Yuichiro Yaoi, Yu Yamato, Takahiko Yanagitan, Mami Matsukawa, Kaora Yamazaki

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Quantitative ultrasonography (QUS) is a good method for measuring elastic properties of bone in vivo. Bovine cortical bone has two typical microstructures, plexiform and Haversian. In this study, the relationship between the speed of sound (SOS) and the hydroxyapatite (HAp) crystallite orientation in the axial direction was investigated in two different aged bovine cortical bones. The dependence of attenuation on anatomical position was also investigated. Two ring-permanent hyphen shaped cortical bone samples were obtained from 36- and 24-month-old bovine femurs. SOS was measured with a conventional ultrasonic pulse system. The integrated intensity of the (0002) peak obtained by X-ray diffraction was determine to evaluate the amount of preferred orientation. Regardless of the age of the bovine femurs, a significant correlation between SOS and the preferred orientation of HAp crystallites was observed in parts of the plexiform structure, and the gradient of the relationship showed a similar tendency. Attenuation seemed to depend on bone microstructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4096-4100
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number5 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 23
Externally publishedYes


  • Bovine bone
  • Cortical bone
  • Frequency-dependent attenuation
  • Quantitative ultrasound (QUS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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