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Our laboratory analyzes for bone mineral content using various methods.   Calcium(Ca) and phosphorus(P) assays are performed to using a colourimetric reaction to determine ion content.  The intensity of the colour reaction is directly proportional to the content of Ca and P in the bone sample.  Carbon detection is performed by using a carbon coulometric system which measures carbon as CO2.   Trace elements found in bone, such as fluoride or strontium are quantified using a Slowpoke nuclear reactor or by exciting protons and measuring their decay by backscatter electron microscopy (BSE).