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Macroporous hydroxyapatite (HA) and beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP) are widely used as synthetic bone replacement materials due to their high biocompatibility and osteoconductive properties. The level of porosity, pore size distribution, pore morphology, and the degree of pore interconnectivity in such grafts significantly influences the extent of bone(More)
There is increasing interest in the potential of composites of hydroxyapatite with phosphate- or silicate-based bioactive glasses, and certain of these glass additions have been found, in previous work, to aid densification and form a mechanically-reinforced, bioactive material; in particular, large improvements in flexural strength and fracture toughness(More)
Previous work has shown that small additions of a phosphate glass (CaO-P2O5) can significantly enhance the sinterability and strength of hydroxyapatite. However, there are no quantitative phase analyses available for these materials which would provide indicators of biocompatibility and resorbability. Similarly, there is little information available about(More)
A process for the replication of bovine cancellous bone in synthetic bioceramic materials for use as artificial bone graft substitutes is described. The process detailed here may be easily implemented to allow production of large numbers of blocks of material, even on a laboratory scale. The graft material has a pore morphology and interconnectivity(More)
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