Innovative nanoscope unveils bone morphology in living animals
Osteoporosis is associated with weak and brittle bones, but our understanding of the disease remains limited. Therefore, there is an imminent need to properly characterise bone structure, the dynamics of bone remodelling as well as bone vascularisation. Scientists of the EU-funded 4-D nanoSCOPE project will combine state-of-the art image processing software and X-ray microscopy to obtain serial 3D images of bone. It is the first time that this approach has been possible in living animals and will allow scientists to determine bone microstructure as well as the impact of age, hormones, inflammation and treatment.
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