High-Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (HR-pQCT)
HR-pQCT (high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography): 3D assessment of cortical and trabecular density, cortical thickness and porosity, trabecular stress measures and more
The HR-pQCT is a 3D imaging platform. While the DXA is the gold-standard for measuring BMD, the deterioration of the micro-architecture of bone is a key component of osteoporosis and is best assessed using HR-pQCT.
The device scans the forearm and/or lower leg to assess volumetric bone density and 3D-structure of the tibia and radius (cortical and trabecular density and thickness, trabecular separation, cortical porosity and more).
|Radius scan||Finite Element Analysis (FEA)|
FEA can be used to calculate bone stiffness, failure load and more.
|Cortical density/thickness||Trabecular density/thickness|
|Taking bone micro-architecture into account in combination with bone density improves fracture risk prediction and may aid in the management of patients with osteoporosis. This imaging modality uses a low dose of x-ray radiation and is otherwise non-invasive. You can read more about our device here.|