Charting New Frontier in Understanding Arthritis


The over 200 conditions affecting joints are impacting some 54 million adults and 300000 children. This makes arthritis a pressing issue for the scientific community to deal with. And, Oregon State University provides insights into the cellular levels look into afflicted joints. 

About the Study – Background and Significance

Arthritis is an expensive and debilitating condition and in the United States alone, this affects 1/4th of the adult population. And, the study develops a better grasp at the condition. Besides, the findings lead to better interventions. So, it is not wrong to say that better diet, exercise and drugs might lead to better outcomes. As, in developing, repairing and maintaining tissue, cells play a crucial role.

A research developed to gain a sophisticated view of arthritic joints happened. And, it had Brian Bay from OSU College of Engineering and other scientists from Royal Veterinary College in London. Scientists also joined in from University College London. Additionally, scientists from 3Dmagination Ltd, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Manchester, Research Complex at Harwell and Diamond Light Source contributed. Here, the scientists examined loaded joints in both mice and humans in order to develop the advanced scanning technique.

Loaded joints are those which are under some sort of strain that a physical activity might exert. And, these include running, walking and throwing. As per Brian Bay, associate professor of mechanical engineering, a number of factors constrained quantification of changes in joint. And, this is in terms of imaging. Here, some of the restraints include length of scanning duration, limitations on size of sample and the radiation level. In fact, the radiation level can damage the quality of the images, making nanoscale resolution difficult to attain.

With the study, it is carried out perfectly. How? The researchers enhanced resolution while maintaining the entire field of view.

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