In discussing mineralization, many radiology textbooks use the term calcification and make no mention of ossification.
- is a process of laying down new bone material. It is synonymous with bone tissue formation.
- bone may form in any region where there are fibroblasts, excess of calcium and an adequate blood-supply.
- is the process in which calcium salts build up in soft tissue, causing it to harden.
- calcifications may be classified on whether there is mineral balance or not, and the location of the calcification
- pathological calcification is observed in any mesenchymatous tissue of low metabolism when the vascularity is further reduced by the fibrosis of trauma or of infection.
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