Scanning electron micrograph by Professor Alan Boyde
Osteoporosis is a condition, usually
associated with post-menopausal women, where the bones become thin
and weak, and break easily. This sample shows the fourth lumbar
vertebra of an 89 year old woman with osteoporosis showing very
thin, and some fractured trabeculae. This SEM image has been
reconstructed from a series of images in different focal planes to
give a completely focused picture of the bone.