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How Microimaging Technology Is Transforming the Field of Skeletal Genetics

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Charles H. Turner

Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Paper No. IMECE2002-33057, pp. 145-146; 2 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Microcomputed tomography (microCT) is emerging as the technique of choice for skeletal genetics research. The goal of these studies is to identify genes that modulate bone strength and skeletal biomechanics. Many studies use animal models, namely rats and mice. To fully characterize the skeletal phenotype, one must determine the size, shape, and microstructure of the bones preferably in three dimensions. In what follows are three examples of how μCT has been used to illuminate genetic effects on bone structure.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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