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Bone Autofluorescence and Mineral Content


WHEN ground bone sections are examined microscopically using an ultra-violet light source, some of the osteons autofluoresce with less intensity than others. By reference to tetracycline-marked osteons, it can be shown that the less-fluorescent osteons are those most recently formed.

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PRENTICE, A. Bone Autofluorescence and Mineral Content. Nature 206, 1167 (1965).

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