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Biomedical Optics Express

Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 917–923

Talbot-defocus multiscan tomography using the synchrotron X-ray microscope to study the lacuno-canalicular network in mouse bone

Nobuhito Nango, Shogo Kubota, Akihisa Takeuchi, Yoshio Suzuki, Wataru Yashiro, Atsushi Momose, and Koichi Matsuo  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 6, pp. 917-923 (2013)

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The three-dimensional network of lacunae and canaliculi that regulates metabolism in bone contains osteocytes and their dendritic processes. We constructed a synchrotron radiation X-ray microscope for sequential tomography of mouse tibia first by using a Talbot interferometer to detect the degree of bone mineralization and then by using absorption contrast under a slightly defocused setting to enhance outline contrast thereby visualizing structures of the osteocyte lacuno-canalicular network. The resultant pair of tomograms was precisely aligned with each other, allowing evaluation of mineral density in the vicinity of each osteocyte lacuna and canaliculus over the entire thickness of the cortical bone. Thus, multiscan microscopic X-ray tomography is a powerful tool for analyzing bone mineralization in relation to the lacuno-canalicular network at the submicron resolution level.

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OCIS Codes
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(110.6960) Imaging systems : Tomography
(180.7460) Microscopy : X-ray microscopy
(340.6720) X-ray optics : Synchrotron radiation

ToC Category:
X-Ray Microscopy and Imaging

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2013
Published: May 20, 2013

Nobuhito Nango, Shogo Kubota, Akihisa Takeuchi, Yoshio Suzuki, Wataru Yashiro, Atsushi Momose, and Koichi Matsuo, "Talbot-defocus multiscan tomography using the synchrotron X-ray microscope to study the lacuno-canalicular network in mouse bone," Biomed. Opt. Express 4, 917-923 (2013)

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