Influence of age and osteoporosis on calcaneus trabecular bone structure: a preliminary in vivo MRI study by quantitative texture analysis

Abstract : Recent developments in high-resolution MR imaging techniques have opened up new perspectives for structural characterization of trabecular bone by non-invasive methods. In this study, 3-D MR imaging was performed on 17 healthy volunteers and 6 osteoporotic patients. Two different MR sequences were used to evaluate the impact on MR acquisition on texture analysis results. Images were analyzed with four automated methods of texture analysis (grey level histogram, cooccurrence, runlength and gradient matrices) enabling quantitative analysis of grey level intensity and distribution within three different regions of interest (ROI). Texture analysis is not very frequently used since the interpretation of the large number of calculated parameters is difficult. We applied multiparametric data analyses such as principal component analysis (CFA) and hierarchical ascending classification (HAC) to determine the relevant parameters to differentiate between three sets of images (healthy young volunteers, healthy postmenopaused and osteoporotic patients). The results suggest that relevant texture information (depending on the ROI localization in the calcaneus) can be extracted from calcaneus MR images to evaluate osteoporosis and age effects on trabecular bone structure if strictly the same acquisition sequences are used for all patients' examination.
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S Herlidou, R Grebe, F Grados, N Lecuyer, F. Fardellone, et al.. Influence of age and osteoporosis on calcaneus trabecular bone structure: a preliminary in vivo MRI study by quantitative texture analysis. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Elsevier, 2004, 22 (2), pp.237-243. ⟨10.1016/j.mri.2003.07.007⟩. ⟨hal-02078932⟩

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