Quantitative Ultrasound for the Evaluation of Simple Bone Cyst Healing
Simple bone cysts (SBCs), also known as unicameral bone cysts (UBCs), are benign bone
lesions. Literature to date describes little agreement between clinicians on specific
prognostic criteria for the prediction of cyst healing, recurrence or fracture. Evidence has
shown that bone mineral density (BMD) is a reliable indicator of risk to SBC patients given
its association with the mechanical properties of bone. There has been further exploration
into the use of quantitative ultrasound to assess bone density by measuring the velocity of
the ultrasound transmission over the bone. To determine whether the QUS can provide
prognostic information with respect to cyst healing, recurrence or fracture with a SBC,
further study is needed.
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