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Advances in assessment of bone porosity, permeability and interstitial fluid flow

Authors
Journal
Journal of Biomechanics
0021-9290
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
46
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.10.025
Keywords
  • Bone Porosity
  • Permeability
  • Interstitial Fluid Flow
  • Lacunar–Canalicular System
  • Vascular System
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract This contribution reviews recent research performed to assess the porosity and permeability of bone tissue with the objective of understanding interstitial fluid movement. Bone tissue mechanotransduction is considered to occur due to the passage of interstitial pore fluid adjacent to dendritic cell structures in the lacunar–canalicular porosity. The movement of interstitial fluid is also necessary for the nutrition of osteocytes. This review will focus on four topics related to improved assessment of bone interstitial fluid flow. First, the advantages and limitations of imaging technologies to visualize bone porosities and architecture at several length scales are summarized. Second, recent efforts to measure the vascular porosity and lacunar–canalicular microarchitecture are discussed. Third, studies associated with the measurement and estimation of the fluid pressure and permeability in the vascular and lacunar–canalicular domains are summarized. Fourth, the development of recent models to represent the interchange of fluids between the bone porosities is described.

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