The vertebral body is a mass of spongy bone contained in a dense cortical shell. The cancellous core is comprised of vertical and horizontal trabeculae. The shape and orientation of these trabeculae is referred to as the microarchitecture of the cancellous bone. A great deal of information on the function of vertebral bodies can be determined by analyzing the biomechanics and morphology of cancellous bone. [1] A model for analysis must accurately represent the trabecular pattern of the vertebral body. That model can then be used to predict mechanical properties of bone under various conditions.

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