Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

M230/0357 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.0MB

Downloadable file size: 926.1KB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: HANS-ULRICH OSTERWALDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Osteoporosis. Computer artwork sequence of an osteoclast (green, bone-removing cell) destroying a piece of bone. This process (bone resorption), is a normal part of the continual rebuilding of a human skeleton, but it can get out of control and lead to excessive bone loss in disorders such as osteoporosis. The osteoclast has a ruffled edge that it attaches to the bone (top), secreting acids and enzymes (middle) to remove the mineral and collagen of the bone. The bone is rebuilt by osteoblasts (bone-building cells), but if this does not happen then the bone units (trabeculae) become fragile and may break (bottom).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: acid, anatomy, artwork, biological, biology, bone, bone remodelling, bony, cancellous, cell, computer artwork, cutaway, destruction, diagram, disorder, dissolving, human body, illustration, internal, medical, medicine, osteoclast, osteocyte, osteological, osteology, osteoporosis, physiological, physiology, resorption, secreting, section, sequence, skeletal system, spony, structural, structure, tissue, trabecula, unit

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.