We consider finite packings of unit-balls in Euclidean 3-spaceE3 where the centres of the balls are the lattice points of a lattice polyhedronP of a given latticeL3⊃E3. In particular we show that the facets ofP induced by densest sublattices ofL3 are not too close to the next parallel layers of centres of balls. We further show that the Dirichlet-Voronoi-cells are comparatively small in this direction. The paper was stimulated by the fact that real crystals in general grow slowly in the directions normal to these dense facets.
In vivo neutron activation analysis was used to examine the total body and partial body (hand) aluminum levels in patients with end-stage renal failure. Patients maintained on chronic hemodialysis had higher mean body burdens of aluminum than, did those clinically managed without dialysis. Approximately 70% of the patients examined indicated elevated levels of body or skeletal aluminum. A significant correlation was observed between the in vivo aluminum/calcium ratio obtained for the hand measurement and the increase in serum aluminum levels following a disferroxamine infusion test. The direct in vivo monitoring of hand Al/Ca values in patients may provide an alternate choice to bone biopsy for the detection of aluminum intoxication.