This study aimed to determine whether there is bilateral asymmetry between the left and right tibiae in the microarchitectural characteristics of the trabecular bone and estimate a moderate sample size for detections of such bilateral differences. The left and right tibiae of 20 C57BL/6 mice (12 weeks old) were scanned by micro-computed tomography, and the structural parameters of the trabecular bone were measured. There were significant differences in the structural parameters between the left and right tibiae (p<0.05); specifically, the microarchitecture was greater in quantity and quality in the left tibia than in the right tibia. Moreover, the percent of bilateral differences between the left and right tibiae ranged from 2.26% to 22.52%. For most of the structural parameters except for trabecular bone thickness (Tb.Th) and trabecular bone separation (Tb.Sp), the 20 mice involved in this study were enough to detect differences. These results show that the directional left-right asymmetry in the microarchitecture of the trabecular bone may exist despite the samples being from an inbred strain. Furthermore, we estimated a sample size for detections of such differences between the left and right tibiae.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Jul 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering