The Biomechanics section is focused on improving the diagnosis of bone fracture risk
associated with osteoporosis and improving techniques for preventing and treating
fractures. High-resolution imaging, computer simulation, mechanical testing, and
microscopy techniques are used to estimate how mechanical stress is distributed in
bone, quantify the chemical and structural make-up of tissue, and estimate bone strength
and fracture risk. New techniques are developed using imaging modalities such as
tomosynthesis, in order to quantify bone qualities that predict fracture risk.