Radiological Detection of Osteoporosis

  • F. H. W. Heuck
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Classification of generalized bone diseases should be based on pathological-anatomical findings of the skeleton. The term “osteoporosis” was already in established use in the field of pathology during the 19th century and is associated with the names of Erdheim, Pommer and, somewhat later on, of M.B. Schmidt. At the centre of the controversy regarding the nature of bone atrophy was the question of the extent to which the loss of bone substance resulting from lacunar resorption in incomplete apposition might be accompanied by halisteresis - i.e. decalcification of the osseous tissue. Any disturbance in the postulated balance between resorption and formation of new bone tissue was no longer regarded as just a local phenomenon but was acknowledged to be a generalized disorder as well.


Bone Tissue Bone Disease Cancellous Bone Osseous Tissue Lacunar Resorption 
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