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2016 Scientific Images Contest Winners

3D-Printed hyperelastic bone spine Open Access (recommended)

2016 Second Place | This is a photograph of a human spine section, but these bones were 3D printed. This printed spine is smaller than in real life, but it is made almost entirely of the same mineral found in our bones (called hydroxyapatite). While we think of our bones as hard, here the same material is flexible and even elastic. This flexibility makes it easier and safer for surgeons to implant, and easier and faster for patients to heal. This new bone material -- called Hyperelastic Bone -- can help the body rapidly repair and regenerate damaged or missing bone.

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Resource type(s)
Image
Keyword
Human spine
Hydroxyapatite
Rights
All rights reserved
Creator
Jakus, Adam Edward
Contributor
Shah, Ramille Nirav
Abstract
This image originally appeared as part of Northwestern's Scientific Images Contest. The contest and subsequent exhibitions are organized by Science in Society, the university's research center for science education and public engagement. Further information and opportunities to participate are available on their website. Prints and canvas editions of these Northwestern research images can also be purchased online (with the small net profit going to science education and outreach programming in the Chicago area).
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Publisher
Science in Society
DigitalHub. Galter Health Sciences Library
Date Created
2016
Subject: MESH
Spine
Printing, Three-Dimensional
Hydroxyapatites
Bone Substitutes
Page number
2
DOI
10.18131/G3V02B
ARK
ark:/c8131/g3v02b

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