On the Detectability of Femoral Neck Fractures with Vibration Measurements

Wolfgang Witteveen, Carina Wagner, Patrick Jachs, Stefan Froschauer, Harald Schöffl

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A suspicion of a femoral neck fracture is a frequently recurring situation, especially in nursing homes. For the clarification of such a suspicion normally imaging techniques are used. Such equipment is expensive and therefore is located in hospitals. In addition to the costs, a transport causes stress for the patient. This pilot study is devoted to the question whether the detection of a femoral neck fracture with vibration measurements is possible in principal. For this purpose vibration measurements on a dead body with intact, with partially fractured and with complete cut femoral neck have been performed. The frequency response function has been determined for all combinations on both sides of the body. It turned out that there is a difference in the frequency response functions of the fractured bone with respect to the intact bone when shaker testing is used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperimental and Applied Mechanics - Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
EditorsNancy Sottos, Robert Rowlands, Kathryn Dannemann
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319069883
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-3-319-15047-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


  • Biomechanics
  • FRF
  • Femoral neck fracture
  • Femur
  • Vibrations


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