Subchondral bone mineral density patterns representing the loading history of the wrist joint.

Research paper by M M MM Hoogbergen, W J WJ Niessen, A H AH Schuurman, P H M PH Spauwen, J M G JM Kauer

Indexed on: 25 May '02Published on: 25 May '02Published in: The Journal of Hand Surgery: European Volume


Ten cadaver wrists were examined with CT-Absorptiometry in order to assess bone density in the subchondral bone. In normal wrists the distal radius contained two centroids of bone density, one in the lunate fossa and another in the scaphoid fossa. Pathologically altered wrists showed a shift in bone density towards the scaphoid fossa, with the subchondral bone in the lunate fossa and distal ulna becoming less dense. Bone density patterns in the wrist reflect the long-term force transmission. As bone density alters according to loading conditions, this method can be used to determine force transmission patterns before and after wrist surgery.