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Bone bank cool storage. Donated femur (thigh) bone being placed in cool storage. Temporary storage of bone is possible below 8 degrees Celsius for about 24 hours before long-term frozen storage. Bone is a commonly transplanted tissue, second only to blood. Bone tissue is donated both after death and from patients undergoing joint replacement surgery and other bone operations. The donor and bone are carefully screened for disease to ensure the bone is healthy. Bone is most often used in a ground up form to replace diseased bone and fill the spaces around a joint replacement. Speciality bone grafts can be used for bone cancers. Photographed in the Rizzoli Institute, Bologna, Italy.
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