Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Print version ISSN 0021-2571
MARINOZZI, Franco et al. Variability of morphometric parameters of human trabecular tissue from coxo-arthritis and osteoporotic samples . Ann. Ist. Super. Sanità [online]. 2012, vol.48, n.1, pp. 19-25. ISSN 0021-2571. http://dx.doi.org/10.4415/ANN_12_01_04.
Morphometric and architectural bone parameters change in diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. The mechanical strength of bone is primarily influenced by bone quantity and quality. Bone quality is defined by parameters such as trabecular thickness, trabecular separation, trabecular density and degree of anisotropy that describe the micro-architectural structure of bone. Recently, many studies have validated microtomography as a valuable investigative technique to assess bone morphometry, thanks to micro-CT non-destructive, non-invasive and reliability features, in comparison to traditional techniques such as histology. The aim of this study is the analysis by micro-computed tomography of six specimens, extracted from patients affected by osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, in order to observe the tridimensional structure and calculate several morphometric parameters.
Keywords : microtomography; bone morphometry; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis.