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Characterization of Rib Cortical Bone Thickness Changes With Age and Sex

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Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) were the leading cause of unintentional fatal injuries and the fourth leading cause of unintentional nonfatal injuries in the United States in 2007. Of these injuries, the thoracic injuries rank second in terms of frequency as well as overall economic cost. Of the thoracic injuries, rib fractures are extremely common; present in nearly 94% of severely injured belted occupants. Elderly occupants have increased mortality and morbidity associated with rib fractures. One factor that is thought to influence rib fracture that changes with age (possibly contributing to increased injury risk in the elderly population) is the rib cortical bone.
subject
Biomechanics
Biomedical Engineering
Cortical Bone
Rib
contributor
Lynch, Sarah Kathryn (author)
Stitzel, Joel D (committee chair)
Weaver, Ashley A (committee member)
Gayzik, F. Scott (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:53Z (accessioned)
2017-06-22T08:30:10Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
Biomedical Engineering (discipline)
embargo
2017-06-22 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57148 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Characterization of Rib Cortical Bone Thickness Changes With Age and Sex
type
Thesis

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