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J Biomech. 1987;20(10):1003-10.

Measurements of cross-sectional area of collagen structures (knee ligaments) by means of an optical method.

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  • 1Dipartimento di Meccanica e Aeronautica, Universit√† di Roma La Sapienza.


Measurement methods of cross-sectional area of collagen tissues and structures, so far chosen, are critically reviewed. A new optical method, founded on section outline plotting, by which it is easy to compute the cross-sectional area, is suggested and shown in particular. Experimental results, achieved by applying the method to the measurement of bovine knee ligament sections, are reported; these results are compared with those taken from samples coming from the same ligaments.

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