chapter  10
40 Pages

Evolution of Structures

WithStuart R. Stock

This chapter covers microCT studies in the broad area of evolution of microstructure. Being able to follow the 3D structure of a specimen as it changes is an enormous benefit of microCT: the sample itself acts as its own control during longitudinal studies. Examples are grouped into four sections: food and pharmaceuticals, materials processing (solidification, vapor phase processing, plastic forming, and particle packing and sintering), environmental interactions (geological applications, construction materials, degradation of biological structures, and corrosion of metals), and hard and soft tissue adaptation (mineralized tissue and implants, bone healing, bone mineral levels, and remodeling and a second subsection on degradation of tissue, primarily soft tissue, including studies on arthritis, on pathological calcification characterization, and tumor generation and growth).