A company seeks a clinically useful technology with enough sensitivity to assess the microstructure of “spongy” bone that is found in the marrow cavities of whole bones. However, this technology must be for skeletal sites surrounded by layers of soft tissues, such as the spine and the hip. Soft tissue interferes with conventional imaging and using a more accessible area — for example, the wrist or the ankle of limbs — as a proxy for the less accessible skeletal regions, will not be accurate. A non-radioactive technology is strongly preferred.

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