Elin Törnquist

Doctoral Student

Research areas and keywords


  • Biomechanics, Bone, Neutron, X-ray, Imaging, Scattering


In my PhD project, I explore the potential of neutron tomographic imaging and small-angle neutron scattering in studies of bone, in order to understand bone damage and fracture mechanisms on various hierarchical levels, and with osseointegration on implants in focus.

The aim is to determine if neutron tomographic imaging is preferable to x-rays when studying bone ingrowth, damage and failure around metal implants. Using x-rays the high-density contrast between metal and bone often results in significant artefacts in the close proximity of the implant, which means that it is not an optimal method.

Furthermore, I aim to investigate if small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) can be used to obtain relevant information about the collagen phase in bone, which is not well captured with the x-ray equivalent (SAXS).