Infrared imaging analysis of iliac crest biopsy specimens from patients with osteoporotic and multiple spontaneous fractures shows significant differences in the spatial variation of the nonreducible:reducible collagen cross‐links at bone‐forming trabecular surfaces compared with normal bone.
Introduction: Although the role of BMC and bone mineral quality in determining fracture risk has been extensively studied, considerably less attention has been paid to the quality of collagen in fragile bone.
Materials and Methods: In this study, the technique of Fourier transform infrared imaging (FTIRI) was used to determine the ratio of nonreducible:reducible cross‐links, in 2‐ to 4‐μm‐thick sections, from human iliac crest biopsy specimens (N = 27) at bone‐forming trabecular surfaces. The biopsy specimens were obtained from patients that had been diagnosed as high‐ or low‐turnover osteoporosis, as well as premenopausal women N = 14, 6 males and 8 females; age range, 51–70 years).
Results and Conclusions: Collagen cross‐links distribution within the first 50 μm at forming trabecular surfaces in patients with fragile bone was markedly different compared with normal bone.