Cortical and cancellous bones were demineralized and deproteinized using 1 N
HCl and 6% NaOCl, respectively. Experiments were performed at 37°C. The rate
constants were calculated and the structural features of untreated and
completely demineralized and deproteinized samples were studied by scanning
electron microscopy, showing that intact, contiguous structures were
obtained. For both cases, the rate constant was higher for cancellous bone
than the cortical bone.