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Spatially-offset Raman spectroscopy for monitoring mineralization of bone tissue engineering scaffolds: feasibility study based on phantom samples

Dooley, Max; Prasopthum, Aruna; Liao, Zhiyu; Sinjab, Faris; Mclaren, Jane; Rose, Felicity R A J; Yang, Jing; Notingher, Ioan

Authors

Max Dooley

Aruna Prasopthum

Zhiyu Liao

Faris Sinjab

Jane Mclaren

Felicity R A J Rose

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JING YANG jing.yang@nottingham.ac.uk
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Ioan Notingher *ioan.notingher@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Using phantom samples, we investigated the feasibility of spatially-offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) as a tool for monitoring non-invasively the mineralization of bone tissue engineering scaffold in-vivo. The phantom samples consisted of 3D-printed scaffolds of poly-caprolactone (PCL) and hydroxyapatite (HA) blends, with varying concentrations of HA, to mimic the mineralisation process. The scaffolds were covered by a 4 mm layer of skin to simulate the real in-vivo measurement conditions. At a concentration of HA approximately 1/3 that of bone (~0.6 g/cm 3), the characteristic Raman band of HA (960 cm-1) was detectable when the PCL:HA layer was located at 4 mm depth within the scaffold (i.e. 8 mm below the skin surface). For the layers of the PCL:HA immediately under the skin (i.e. top of the scaffold), the detection limit of HA was 0.18 g/cm 3 , which is approximately one order of magnitude lower than that of bone. Similar results were also found for the phantoms simulating uniform and inward gradual mineralisation of the scaffold, indicating the suitability of SORS to detect early stages of mineralisation. Nevertheless, the results also show that the contribution of the materials surrounding the scaffold can be significant and methods for subtraction need to be investigated in the future. In conclusion, these results indicate that spatially-offset Raman spectroscopy is a promising technique for in-vivo longitudinal monitor scaffold mineralization and bone re-growth.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Journal Biomedical Optics Express
Electronic ISSN 2156-7085
Publisher Optical Society of America
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 4
Pages 1678-1690
APA6 Citation Dooley, M., Prasopthum, A., Liao, Z., Sinjab, F., Mclaren, J., Rose, F. R. A. J., …Notingher, I. (2019). Spatially-offset Raman spectroscopy for monitoring mineralization of bone tissue engineering scaffolds: feasibility study based on phantom samples. Biomedical Optics Express, 10(4), 1678-1690. doi:10.1364/BOE.10.001678
DOI https://doi.org/10.1364/BOE.10.001678
Publisher URL https://www.osapublishing.org/boe/abstract.cfm?uri=boe-10-4-1678

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