Bone Imaging Facility

The laboratory includes dedicated light microscopy and image analysis equipment for the study of bone quality. These include:

  • Ziess Axioplan transmitted and reflected light microscope fitted with circularly polarized light filters
  • Ludl Grid-Encoded automated X,Y,Z stage
  • Optronix Digital Camera
  • Apple Dual Processor G5 and Pentium PC Desktop Computer Workstations
  • MBF Bioscience Stereoinvestigator with Virtual Slice module
  • Skyscan CT analyzer software (for MicroCT image reconstruction and analysis)

 

Mineralized Tissue Preparation Facility

The preparation laboratory is currently being established at the Queen Lane Campus, and is set to open in the Fall of 2006. It will include bench space, fume hood and related equipment for the embedding and sectioning of non-demineralized bone tissues. Dedicated equipment will include:
  • Buehler Ecomet 4000 Automated Grinder/Polisher
  • Buehler Isomet 1000 Variable Speed Diamond Saw
  • Buehler Handimet 2 Roll Grinder

 

Associated Research Laboratories

Some of the ongoing research in the Bone Biology Laboratory is completed in collaboration with Drexel University's College of Engineering. Access to the following laboratories at Drexel University provides the Bone Biology Lab with additional imaging capabilities including MicroCT, SEM and AFM:

    • Skyscan 1172 MicroCT
    • MTS Nano-Indenter XP
    • Renishaw Raman Spectrometers
    • Zeiss Supra 50 VP Field Emission SEM
    • FEI XL30 Environmental Field Emission SEM