High Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computer Tomography (HR-pQCT, Scanco-Xtreme CT)
Model: Xtreme CT
The HR-pQCT evaluates bones down to the level of the tiny individual elements that nature configures in a way that makes bones as strong as possible. HR-pQCT measures bone density and quantifies the three dimensional geometry, strength and microarchitecture of bone at the lower arm (radius) and lower leg (tibia).
HR-pQCT is a research tool—not currently used in clinical practice. It goes beyond current clinical methods and assesses bone microstructure to provide new insights into bone strength and why some bones are more susceptible to fracture.
At CHHM we use the HR-pQCT:
- to measure the bone mineral density of the forearm and lower leg
- to assess the geometry, strength, and microstructure of bone in 3-dimensions