Quantitative evaluation of osteogenesis through infrared light. Pilot study.

Pedro Alejandro Lomelí Mejía, Pablo Alfonso González Lomelín, Hugo Lecona Butrón, René Domínguez Rubio, Saúl Renan León Hernández, Itzel Xantal Luna Valdéz, Víctor Manuel Domínguez Hernández


Veterinaria México OA
ISSN: 2448-6760

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  • Lomelí Mejía PA, González Lomelín PA, Lecona Butrón H, Domínguez Rubio R, León Hernández SR, Luna Valdéz IX, Domínguez Hernández V. Quantitative evaluation of osteogenesis through infrared light. Pilot study. Veterinaria México OA. 2017;4(2). doi: 10.21753/vmoa.4.2.410.

Different methods are available to evaluate the degree of bone healing. A good choice involves employing optical techniques with infrared light to eval-uate the progress of bone consolidation. Because infrared light is absorbed in liquids and reflected in solids, it is possible to assess bone consolidation progress using an incident light source and a coupled photo sensor. We used a 940-nm light source that is capable of reaching bone to determine the degree of bone consolidation. Five New Zealand White rabbits were used according to the NOM-062-ZOO99 standard. In each animal, a fracture was generated in the left tibia, and the fragments were fixed using an external fixator constructed with Kirschner nails and dental acrylic cement. Progress in bone consolidation was evaluated at days 7, 23, and 34 after surgery. A linear dependence was observed between the days elapsed and the reflection of the infrared light.

Figure 2. Reduction of tibia by external fixators made with Kirschner nails 0.045 inch in diameter and methylmethacrylate cement.


bone consolidation, infrared light, animal model, laser diode

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21753/vmoa.4.2.410


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