The Physical Measurement of Bone (Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering) 1st Edition

THE PHYSICAL MEASUREMENT OF BONEBone is a complex biological material that consists of both an inorganic and organic phase, which undergoes continuous dynamic biological processes within the body. This complex structure and the need to acquire accurate data have resulted in a wide variety of methods applied in the physical analysis of bone in vivo and in vitro. Each method has its own strengths and applications depending on the information sought by the clinician or researcher.

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The Physical Measurement of Bone provides a detailed description of all the major methods of bone analysis, including brief comments on clinical evaluation. The physics of each method are introduced as well as a summary of practical procedures. The book is essential reading for practicing medical physicists and technicians who need to know about the many methods of bone analysis open to them, and, more importantly, the wide coverage provides a good introductory framework for students of medical physics and biomedical engineering.


The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering
(IFMBE) was established in 1959 to provide medical and biological engineering with a vehicle for international collaboration in research and practice of
the profession. The Federation has a long history of encouraging and
promoting international cooperation and collaboration in the use of science
and engineering for improving health and quality of life.
The IFMBE is an organization with membership of national and transnational societies and an International Academy. At present there are 48 national
members and two transnational members representing a total membership in
excess of 30 000 worldwide. An observer category is provided to give personal
status to groups or organizations considering formal affiliation. The International Academy includes individuals who have been recognized by the
IFMBE for their outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering.
The objectives of the International Federation for Medical and Biological
Engineering are scientific, technological, literary and educational. Within
the field of medical, clinical and biological engineering its aims are to encourage research and the application of knowledge, and to disseminate information and promote collaboration.
In pursuit of these aims the Federation engages in the following activities:
sponsorship of national and international meetings, publication of official
journals, cooperation with other societies and organizations, appointment of
commissions on special problems, awarding of prizes and distinctions, establishment of professional standards and ethics within the field, as well as
other activities which in the opinion of the General Assembly or the Administrative Council would further the cause of medical, clinical or biological engineering. It promotes the formation of regional, national, international or
specialized societies, groups or boards, the coordination of bibliographic or
informational services and the improvement of standards in terminology,
equipment, methods and safety practices, and the delivery of health care.
The Federation works to promote improved communication and understanding in the world community of engineering, medicine and biology.
The IFMBE publishes the journal Medical and Biological Engineering and
Computing, which includes a special section on Cellular Engineering. The
IFMBE News, published electronically, keeps the members informed of the
developments in the Federation. In cooperation with its regional conferences,
IFMBE issues a series of the IFMBE Proceedings. IFMBE’s official book
series, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is published by the Institute
of Physics Publishing in cooperation with IOMP and represents another
service to the Biomedical Engineering Community. The books in this series
describe applications of science and engineering in medicine and biology and
are intended for both graduate students and researchers. They cover many
topics in the field of medical and biological engineering, as well as medical
physics, radiology, radiotherapy and clinical research.
The Federation has two divisions: Clinical Engineering and Technology
Assessment in Health Care. Additional special interest groups are the
regional working groups: Africa/ICHTM, Asian-Pacific, Coral, Developing
Countries, and the scientific working groups: Cellular Engineering, Neuroengineering, and Physiome.
Every three years the IFMBE holds a World Congress on Medical
Physics and Biomedical Engineering in cooperation with the IOMP and
the IUPESM. In addition, annual, milestone and regional conferences are
organized in different regions of the world, e.g. in the Asia-Pacific, NordicBaltic, Mediterranean, African and South American regions.
The Administrative Council of the IFMBE meets once a year and is
the steering body for the IFMBE. The council is subject to the rulings of
the General Assembly, which meets every three years at the occasion of the
World Congress.
Information on the activities of the IFMBE are found on its website at
The IOMP was founded in 1963. The membership includes 64 national societies,
two international organizations and 12 000 individuals. Membership of IOMP
consists of individual members of the Adhering National Organizations. Two
other forms of membership are available, namely Affiliated Regional Organization and Corporate members. The IOMP is administered by a Council, which
consists of delegates from each of the Adhering National Organizations; regular
meetings of council are held every three years at the International Conference on
Medical Physics (ICMP). The Officers of the Council are the President, the VicePresident and the Secretary-General. IOMP committees include: developing
countries, education and training; nominating; and publications.
. To organize international cooperation in medical physics in all its
aspects, especially in developing countries.
. To encourage and advise on the formation of national organizations of
medical physics in those countries which lack such organizations.
Official publications of the IOMP are Physiological Measurement, Physics in
Medicine and Biology and the Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical
Engineering, all published by the Institute of Physics Publishing. The
IOMP publishes a bulletin Medical Physics World twice a year.
Two council meetings and one General Assembly are held every three
years at the ICMP. The most recent ICMPs were held in Kyoto, Japan
(1991), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1994), Nice, France (1997) and Chicago,
USA (2000). These conferences are normally held in collaboration with the
IFMBE to form the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical
Engineering. The IOMP also sponsors occasional international conferences,
workshops and courses.
For further information contact: Hans Svensson, PhD, DSc, Professor,
Radiation Physics Department, University Hospital, 90185 Umea˚, Sweden.
Tel: (46) 90 785 3891. Fax: (46) 90 785 1588. Email: Hans.Svensson@radfys. WWW:

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