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Topic Started by gsovak
on 5/14/2006 1:13 AM   
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Hi all,
I have got bone sample that have a Titanium rod within the diaphysis. Can I see both under SEM?
Will I be able to see differences between the Bone and the metal?


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Posted By Teddy
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Yes you can see the metal with SEM or optical polarized light in a very efficient way-no staining required. Try the different polarizers on the optical microscope for a dramatic color deffect. You can also do EDS on that and map Ti thereby confining the extent of metal surfaces. Also, X-ray microtomography is ideal for that purpose-if you find a unit. You can section and rotate the specimen non-destructively and wihotu having to do actual sections.

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