Biomedical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Project description

In my PhD project, I explore the potential of neutron tomographic imaging and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) in studies of skeletal tissue, in order to understand bone damage and fracture mechanisms on various hierarchical levels, and with osseointegration on metallic implants in focus.

The aim is to determine if neutron tomographic imaging is preferable to X-ray tomography when studying bone ingrowth, damage and failure around metal implants. Using X-rays, the high-density contrast between metal and bone often results in significant artifacts in the close proximity of the implant, which means that it is not an optimal method.

Furthermore, I investigate if SANS can be used to obtain relevant information about the collagen phase in bone, which is not well captured with the X-ray equivalent (SAXS).