Assessing matrix quality by Raman spectroscopy helps predict fracture toughness of human cortical bone.

Unal M, Uppuganti S, Timur S, Mahadevan-Jansen A, Akkus O, Nyman JS
Sci Rep. 2019 9 (1): 7195

PMID: 31076574 · PMCID: PMC6510799 · DOI:10.1038/s41598-019-43542-7

Developing clinical tools that assess bone matrix quality could improve the assessment of a person's fracture risk. To determine whether Raman spectroscopy (RS) has such potential, we acquired Raman spectra from human cortical bone using microscope- and fiber optic probe-based Raman systems and tested whether correlations between RS and fracture toughness properties were statistically significant. Calculated directly from intensities at wavenumbers identified by second derivative analysis, Amide I sub-peak ratio I/I, not I/I, was negatively correlated with K (N = 58; R = 32.4%) and J-integral (R = 47.4%) when assessed by Raman micro-spectroscopy. Area ratios (A/A) determined from sub-band fitting did not correlate with fracture toughness. There were fewer correlations between RS and fracture toughness when spectra were acquired by probe RS. Nonetheless, the I/I sub-peak ratio again negatively correlated with K (N = 56; R = 25.6%) and J-integral (R = 39.0%). In best-fit general linear models, I/I age, and volumetric bone mineral density explained 50.2% (microscope) and 49.4% (probe) of the variance in K. I/I and vPO/Amide I (microscope) or just I/I (probe) were negative predictors of J-integral (adjusted-R = 54.9% or 37.9%, respectively). While Raman-derived matrix properties appear useful to the assessment of fracture resistance of bone, the acquisition strategy to resolve the Amide I band needs to be identified.

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Adult Aged Aged, 80 and over Bone Density Cortical Bone Female Fractures, Bone Humans Male Middle Aged Spectrum Analysis, Raman Young Adult

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