Histomorphologic evaluation of Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloys processed via powder metallurgy. A study in rabbits

M. C. Bottino, P. G. Coelho, M. Yoshimoto, B. König, V. A.R. Henriques, A. H.A. Bressiani, J. C. Bressiani

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This study presents the in-vivo evaluation of Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloy implants obtained by the hydride route via powder metallurgy. The cylindrical implants were processed at different sintering and holding times. The implants' were characterized for density, microstructure (SEM), crystalline phases (XRD), and bulk (EDS) and surface composition (XPS). The implants were then sterilized and surgically placed in the central region of the rabbit's tibiae. Two double fluorescent markers were applied at 2 and 3 weeks, and 6 and 7 weeks after implantation. After an 8-week healing period, the implants were retrieved, non-decalcified section processed, and evaluated by electron, UV light (fluorescent labeling), and light microscopy (toluidine blue). BSE-SEM showed close contact between bone and implants. Fluorescent labeling assessment showed high bone activity levels at regions close to the implant surface. Toluidine blue staining revealed regions comprising osteoblasts at regions of newly forming/formed bone close to the implant surface. The results obtained in this study support biocompatible and osseoconductive properties of Ti-13Nb-13Zr processed through the hydride powder route.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 10 2008


  • Biocompatibility
  • Osseointegration
  • Rabbits
  • Titanium alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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