On estimating the directionality distribution in pedicle trabecular bone from micro-CT images

Catherine M. Gdyczynski, Amir Manbachi, Sayed Masoud Hashemi, Bahman Lashkari, Richard S.C. Cobbold

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Our interest in the trabecular alignment within bone stems from the need to better understand the manner in which it can affect ultrasound propagation, particularly in pedicles. Within long bones it is well established that trabecular structures are aligned in an organized manner associated with the direction of load distribution; however, for smaller bones there are limited alignment studies. To investigate the directionality distribution in a quantitative manner we used a micro-CT to obtain three-dimensional (3D) structural data and developed analytical methods based on the special properties of Gabor filters. Implementation of these techniques has been developed and tested on a variety of simulated images as well as on 3D structures whose geometry is well-defined. To test the use of this technique we compared the results obtained on vertebral body trabecular bone with visual directionality and previous measurements by others. The method has been applied to six human pedicle samples in two orthogonal planes with results that provide reasonable proof-of-principle evidence that the method is well suited for estimating the directionality distribution within pedicle bones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2415-2428
Number of pages14
JournalPhysiological Measurement
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone directionality
  • Gabor filter
  • micro-CT
  • pedicle bone
  • trabecular bone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)


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