Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bone volume density (BV/TV) – Light version

The usual suspects

Episode 1

BV/TV, Tb.Th., Tb.Sp. and the other usual suspects: what do they really mean?

If you are asking yourself this question, you should definitely read this! Coming soon in the same series: Trabecular Thickness (Tb.Th) and Trabecular Spacing (Tb.Sp), Bone surface density (BS/TV), Structure Model Index (SMI), Connectivity Density (Conn. D), and others. The “Light version” series is intended to those who are just approaching the field, or to those who are looking for a simple way to explain these concepts to others. If you are a professional, please insert your comments to help us making this post more complete and interesting.

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PerkinElmer to Acquire Caliper Life Sciences for Approximately $600 Million

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based leader in imaging and detection solutions for life sciences research, diagnostics and environmental markets, for $10.50 per share, for a total net purchase price of approximately $600 million in cash.

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Who are the microCT scanner manufacturers?

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Maybe it is not as common and cheap as buying a microwave oven, but probably there are some of you who have thought about purchasing a microCT scanner, right?

Your questions: “Who are the scanner manufacturers?”, “Should I buy a scanner?”,  “What scanner ?”. This post will point you towards the information you need to make up your mind.

At the end the decision whether the investment is worthwhile depends on many things. What do you want to use microCT for? How often? Do you know how to operate a scanner? Do you have the right resources? And many more….

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Choose the right Volume Of Interest – Light version


Brothers Mario and Luigi are at the restaurant and both order a glass of water. The waiter serves Mario a full glass, whereas poor Luigi only gets it half full. “hey, waiter!” Luigi starts complaining…until the garçon makes him innocently notice that his glass is double as big as Mario’s one, and that he poured the exact same quantity of water into the two glasses. Happy and reassured, Mario and Luigi continue talking about their fantastic adventures…

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Results interpretation: HELP!!

Are you looking for help on the interpretation of your microCT results?

If you are new to microCT and you are in trouble, you can either be creative like they did, or ask for

We and the other users may not have the answer to everything, but we’ll do our best to help you!

Just post your question in the comment section.

ASBMR 2011,16-20 Sept, San Diego

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is a professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism (www.asbmr.org).

The 33rd annual meeting of the ASBMR will be held during September 16-20, in San Diego, California, USA.

ESB 2011, 4-9 Sept, Dublin

The European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) is a non-profit scientific society whose main objective is to encourage progress in the field of biomaterials in all its aspects, including research, teaching and clinical applications, as well as to foster any other related activity (www.esbiomaterials.eu).

The 24th European Conference on Biomaterials will be held during September 4-9, in Dublin, Ireland (http://www.esb2011.org/). Comment on this post to highlight interesting talks at the conference, or meet other blog subscribers.