volume 14, issue 1, P41-53 1980
DOI: 10.1002/jbm.820140106
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Abstract: Previous studies have suggested that one general type of osteon exists, rather than the three types previously classified as light, intermediate, and dark. A method is presented that permits rapid, quantitative measurement of the percent transmission of osteons seen in thin section between crossed polarizers. In studies of osteon segments from human cortical bone, cut either 200 or 5 micrometers in length, a continuous variation of transmission is seen, both for the populations as a whole and for serial sectio…

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