fracture threshold

fracture threshold

a measure of bone density used in predicting osteoporosis risk factors. Various investigators have established different methods of interpreting bone density data. One method predicts that 95% of women will have vertebral fractures if their trabecular bone volume is less than 14% of the mean.

fracture threshold

Bone physiology A theoretical cancellous bone density below which osteoporosis-related fractures occur. See Osteoporosis Imaging A benchmark–below which fractures are more common–determined by bone densitometry.
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Bone mineral density and fracture threshold in South Indian elderly.
Of adult women with anorexia nervosa, 38% have osteoporosis, and 50% have a bone mineral density (BMD) level below the fracture threshold.
When a relatively thick layer of soft tissue was simulated with 1 inch of foam surrounding the surrogate femur, all the hip protectors reduced the force of the impact to below the average fracture threshold.
The decrease in bone quality may not only cause individuals to cross a fracture threshold earlier, but, we hypothesize, it may also impede normal fracture healing.