University of Calgary

Osteoporosis study looks at bone architecture to determine fracture risk

Submitted by darmstro on Wed, 2012-11-21 15:06.

Nov. 21, 2012

Researchers at the University of Calgary are hoping to help people with osteoporosis by predicting which patients are more likely to fracture their bones. Having this information would better allow doctors to decide which patients may need pharmaceutical or lifestyle interventions.

Using a high resolution computed tomography (micro-CT) scanner to analyze the architecture of the bone, scientists scanned the wrists of 44 women with a history of low-trauma fracture and 88 age-matched control subjects that did not have low-trauma fracture. Based on the results, researchers demonstrated that the machine could identify bone micro-architecture, density and strength information and therefore be a useful prediction tool.

“Currently, it’s hard to determine who needs a medical intervention for osteoporosis. This new assessment tool may provide us with information to help us make better decisions,” says study author Steven Boyd, PhD, from the University of Calgary, and the inaugural Bob and Nola Rintoul Chair in Bone and Joint Research.

Who:

  • Steven Boyd, study author, University of Calgary, and the inaugural Bob and Nola Rintoul Chair in Bone and Joint Research.
  • Dr. David Hanley, study author and osteoporosis doctor.
  • Bob and Nola Rintoul, donors to the Bob and Nola Rintoul Chair in Bone and Joint Research.

What: one-on-one interviews.

When: Thursday November 22, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

Please call to book a phone or in-person interview.

Where: University of Calgary main campus, 2nd Floor, Roger Jackson Centre For Health & Wellness, 376 Collegiate Blvd. NW, Calgary, AB.

The study was published in the November online edition of Osteoporosis International. It was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR.)

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