Computational study of estimating 3D trabecular bone microstructure for the volume of interest from CT scan data

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Inspired by the self-optimizing capabilities of bone, a new concept of bone microstructure reconstruction has been recently introduced using 2D synthetic skeletal images. As a preliminary clinical study, this paper proposes a topology optimization-based method that can estimate 3D trabecular bone microstructure for the volume of interest (VOI) from 3D computed tomography (CT) scan data with enhanced computational efficiency and phenomenological accuracy. For this purpose, a localized finite element (FE) model is constructed by segmenting a target bone from CT scan data and determining the physiological local loads for the VOI. Then, topology optimization is conducted with multi-resolution bone mineral density (BMD) deviation constraints to preserve the patient-specific spatial bone distribution obtained from the CT scan data. For the first time, to our knowledge, this study has demonstrated that 60 μm-resolution trabecular bone images can be reconstructed from 600 μm-resolution CT scan data (a 62-year-old female with no metabolic bone disorder) for the four VOIs in the proximal femur. The reconstructed trabecular bone includes the characteristic trabecular patterns and has morphometric indices that are in good agreement with the anatomical data in the literature. As for computational efficiency, the localization for the VOI reduces the number of FEs by 99%, compared with that of the full FE model. Compared with the previous single-resolution BMD deviation constraint, the proposed multi-resolution BMD deviation constraints enable at least 65% and 47% reduction in the number of iterations and computing time, respectively. These results demonstrate the clinical feasibility and potential of the proposed method.
Publisher
WILEY
Issue Date
2018-04
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

HUMAN PROXIMAL FEMUR; DESIGN SPACE OPTIMIZATION; BIO-RESORBABLE MATERIALS; TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION; STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION; COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY; CANCELLOUS BONE; WOLFFS LAW; ADAPTATION; MODEL

Citation

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, v.34, no.4

ISSN
2040-7939
DOI
10.1002/cnm.2950
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/241586
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GT-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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