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Osteoporosis - the production of bone models

This research was completed on 3 April 2003

Project LeaderDr C M Langton, MSc, PhD, CPhys, CEng, Dr M J Fagan, BSc, PhD, CEng, MBCS and Prof R Phillips, BSc, PhD, MBCS, CEng.
LocationCentre for Metabolic Bone Disease, Hull Royal Infirmary and the School of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, University of Hull.
Grant awarded21 October 1999
Start date1 November 1999
End date3 April 2003
Grant amount£13,150.00
Grant codeAP0778

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Osteoporosis is caused by low bone mass and structural deterioration and leads to 60,000 hip fractures per year in the UK. This team is researching how changes in the structure of bone can affect its strength using 3-dimensional resin models of bone, produced using a novel application of a technique called stereolithography. Replicas of real bone samples will be created and their mechanical properties compared. The findings will have important applications for understanding bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in the future.

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