Slow compressional wave propagation in wet human and bovine cortical bone

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Science  29 Apr 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4596, pp. 513-515
DOI: 10.1126/science.6836296


Ultrasonic wave propagation in bovine plexiform and human Haversian bone was studied in the range 0.5 to 15 megahertz. A new longitudinal wave was observed which traveled more slowly than the ordinary longitudinal wave. The slow wave was associated with the dynamics of fluid motion in the pores of bone.