Promotion of bone repair in the cortical bone of the tibia in rats by low energy laser (He-Ne) irradiation

T. Yaakobi, L. Maltz, U. Oron*

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The effect of low energy laser (He-Ne) irradiation on bone repair in the cortical part of the tibia of the rat was investigated using biochemical and radioactive labeling methods. A fixed round hole was created in the lateral aspect of the tibia and the newly formed tissue was collected from the gap in the cortical bone. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and calcium progressively accumulated at the site of injury, peaking at 9 and 13 days postinjury, respectively. Direct irradiation of the hole injury with He-Ne laser on days 5 and 6 postinjury altered osteoblastic activity at the injured site as reflected by alkaline phosphatase activity. The laser irradiation also caused a significant increase (-2-fold) in calcium accumulation at the site of injury for 9-18 days postinjury. The rate of calcium deposition, measured by radioactive calcium, was significantly higher (-2-fold) in the laser- irradiated rats as compared with controls. It is concluded that the process of bone repair in a hole created in the rat tibia is markedly enhanced by direct He-Ne laser irradiation of the injured site at the optimal energy level and time postinjury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-300
Number of pages4
JournalCalcified Tissue International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1996


  • Bone
  • He-Ne Laser
  • Rat
  • Repair


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