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Predicting Bone Fractures

Galileo was the first to realize that the properties of bone's microstructure are essential for the overall function of bone's macrostructure. For this reason, researchers study bone microstructures for clues to better predict bone fracture in patients, including those with osteoporosis. This image, obtained with the help of SDSC's DataStar, represents the transverse section of a bone microstructure called secondary osteon with small cavities, or lacunae, each containing an osteocyte -- the most abundant cell found in bone.

Image courtesy of: M.G. Ascenzi, UCLA.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

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