Development of a new technology for predicting osteoporosis

Release date: 2010-10-28

Researchers at the Osaka Dental University in Japan announced on the 22nd that they have developed a technique for diagnosing or predicting osteoporosis in the whole body based on the bone density of the jaw bone.
A team led by Gao Shijia, a lecturer at the Osaka Dental University, found that bone density in osteoporosis patients decreased earlier than in the lumbar spine. The team used 34 women aged 50 to 69 to take X-rays of the front molars and alveolar bones of the lower jaw, and then used computer-specific software to calculate bone density and predict whether they would develop bone. Porosity, the results prove that the accuracy is the same level as traditional precision inspection.
The new inspection method greatly simplifies the original precision inspection. Using a general dental X-ray film, it takes less than 5 minutes and costs hundreds of yen (about US$81) to get results.
Researchers say that using this technology, early detection and early treatment of osteoporosis can be achieved.

Source: Technology Daily

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