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Bone structure may be examined using several techniques employed in this laboratory

  • Image Analysis allows us to examine the architecture (ie. framework, connectivity) of the bone sample.
  • X-ray diffraction allows us to examine the bone sample at a more microscopic level.  By examining the bone through X-ray diffraction, we can analyze the shape and orientation of the bone crystals which will in turn also influence the strength and biomechanical properties of the bone. 
  • The Piximus is another dexa apparatus which allows us to determine the bone mineral density and content of small animal specimens (ie. mouse) in vivo.
  • Faxitrons are used to measure bone dimensions and to give an indication of  trabecular bone connectivity.