Image-based metrology of porous tissue engineering scaffolds

Srinivasan Rajagopalan, Richard A. Robb

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7 Scopus citations


Tissue engineering is an interdisciplinary effort aimed at the repair and regeneration of biological tissues through the application and control of cells, porous scaffolds and growth factors. The regeneration of specific tissues guided by tissue analogous substrates is dependent on diverse scaffold architectural indices that can be derived quantitatively from the microCT and microMR images of the scaffolds. However, the randomness of pore-solid distributions in conventional stochastic scaffolds presents unique computational challenges. As a result, image-based characterization of scaffolds has been predominantly qualitative. In this paper, we discuss quantitative image-based techniques that can be used to compute the metrological indices of porous tissue engineering scaffolds. While bulk averaged quantities such as porosity and surface are derived directly from the optimal pore-solid delineations, the spatially distributed geometric indices are derived from the medial axis representations of the pore network. The computational framework proposed (to the best of our knowledge for the first time in tissue engineering) in this paper might have profound implications towards unraveling the symbiotic structure-function relationship of porous tissue engineering scaffolds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2006
Subtitle of host publicationImage Processing
StatePublished - 2006
EventMedical Imaging 2006: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 13 2006Feb 16 2006

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume6144 I
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2006: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Image-based metrology
  • MicroCT
  • MicroMR
  • Porous scaffolds
  • Random media
  • Tissue engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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