False-colour X-ray showing osteoarthritis

False-colour X-ray showing osteoarthritis

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Credit: ALAIN POL, ISM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour frontal X-ray showing osteoarthritis in both human knee joints. In each leg, the bone at top is the femur (thigh bone), which articulates against the tibia (shin bone) at the knee. The smaller of the lower bones is the fibula. In a normal, healthy joint the heads of the femur and tibia would not appear in direct contact, as they do in this image. Narrowing of the joint space due to loss of cartilage (the working surface of the joint) is a typical X-ray feature in osteoarthritis. The condition is associated with mechanical wear and is most common in persons over 50 years of age.

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Keywords: arthritic, arthritis, condition, disease, disorder, false-coloured, healthcare, joint, knee, knee joint, medical, medicine, osteoarthritis, xray

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