Electron microscopic observations on the three-dimensional morphology of apatite crystallites of human dentine and bone.

The Journal of biophysical and biochemical cytology

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Johansen E, PARKS HF. Electron microscopic observations on the three-dimensional morphology of apatite crystallites of human dentine and bone. J Biophys Biochem Cytol. 1960;7743-6.
In sections of human dentine (carious and sound) and bone examined with the electron microscope, apatite crystallites were seen to present long thin profiles somewhat suggestive of a cylindrical shape, broad profiles indicative of a plate-like shape, and profiles intermediate between these two extremes. With a special stereoscopic specimen holder allowing the specimen to be tilted through an angle of 30 degrees it was possible to record images of two profiles of the same crystallite from different angles and thus gain information concerning the 3-dimensional morphology of crystallites showing a thin profile. In all fields so examined, the thin-profile crystallites that were properly oriented with respect to the axis of tilt exhibited a different width dimension in each of the two micrographs. From this it is concluded that the thin profiles actually represented edge views of plate-like crystallites.