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Osteoporosis and Gallery of Medical Illustrations

Bone is living tissue and is formed by three primary cell types, osteoblasts, osteocytes and osteoclasts. They form a protein mixture known as osteoid, which mineralizes to become the bone. Osteoblasts are the immature bone cells that will eventually become entraped in the bone matrix and become the osteocytes. Their purpose is to form the bone, the mainteneance of the bone matrix and the homeostasis of calcium. Osteoclasts are the cells responsible for bone resorption and remodelling. This cell activity means that old bone tissue is broken down by the osteoclasts and replaced by new bone material produced by the osteoblasts. Therefore bone is a living and active tissue.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the disease of the bone and occurs when the process of the balance between the breakdown of old bone and the formation of new bone changes. When bone is affected by osteoporosis the holes in the spongy bone become larger and larger, due to bone resorption exceeding bone formation. Osteoporosis means that this cellular process has reversed resulting in a loss of bone. This is why people with this disease are more prone to fractures due to weakneded bone structure. Osteoporosis occurs through old age but also women can be more prone to the disease during or after the menopause. This is because of hormonal imbalances and particularly loss of estrogen production that comes with the menopause.

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Gallery of Medical Illustration on Osteoporosis

Healthy Bone - stage 1

Healthy Bone - stage 1

Bone with osteoporosis - stage 2

Bone with osteoporosis - stage 2

Bone with Osteoporosis - stage 3

Bone with Osteoporosis - stage 3

 
Chart signifying bone density loss

Chart signifying bone density loss

Chart signifying bone density loss

Chart signifying bone density loss

People with osteoporosis are more prone to fractures

People with osteoporosis are more prone to fractures

 
Healthy bone - thoracic spine

Healthy bone - thoracic spine

Cut away showing dense healthy bone trabeculaer

Cut away showing dense healthy bone trabeculae

Osteoporotic bone with loss of bone density

Osteoporotic bone with loss of bone density

 
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