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Radiation Sterilization of Homogenous-Bone Transplants Utilizing Radioactive Cobalt: Preliminary Report.

DeVRIES, PAUL H.; BADGLEY, CARL E.; HARTMAN, J. TED
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: January 1958
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Radioactive cobalt has been proved to be an effective means of sterilizing bone transplants. When combined with a freeze-drying process, radiation sterilization utilizing radioactive cobalt has proved an effective method of maintaining a bone-bank.

It has been found that irradiated bone transplants function satisfactorily both experimentally and clinically.

In 104 surgical procedures in which irradiated homogenous-bone transplants were used, five postoperative wound infections occurred. The irradiated bone transplants were not felt to be the source of these infections.

The encouraging over-all clinical results in 104 operative procedures prompt continued use of irradiated homogenous-bone transplants.

Copyright 1958 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated

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