Gerontology & Geriatrics

Osteoporosis detection by a simple physical function test

Osteoporosis is a condition that does not exhibit symptoms until there is a bone fracture, so a large percentage of patients remain unaware of their condition. When people are unaware their bones have weakened, the condition ...

Radiology & Imaging

Researchers use AI to detect wrist fractures

An automated system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) is effective at detecting a common type of wrist fracture on X-rays, according to a study published in the journal Radiology: Artificial Intelligence. Researchers ...

Surgery

Medicare payment patterns examined for hip fracture surgery

Reimbursement for hospital charges is increasing faster than payments for surgeons performing hip fracture surgeries on Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published online March 9 in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

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Fracture

A fracture is the (local) separation of an object or material into two, or more, pieces under the action of stress.

The word fracture is often applied to bones of living creatures (that is, a bone fracture), or to crystals or crystalline materials, such as gemstones or metal. Sometimes, in crystalline materials, individual crystals fracture without the body actually separating into two or more pieces. Depending on the substance which is fractured, a fracture reduces strength (most substances) or inhibits transmission of light (optical crystals).

A detailed understanding of how fracture occurs in materials may be assisted by the study of fracture mechanics.

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