New tool could reduce the number of potential future hip fractures
Manchester scientists are developing a new tool to help identify people with osteoporosis.
The tool will automatically search medical images for fractured vertebra, which is
one of the early signs of osteoporosis. By allowing early treatment, this new tool should ultimately reduce the number of fractures, including the numbers of potentially fatal hip fractures.
The project is a collaboration between Professor Tim Cootes and his team from the University of Manchester, Professor Judith Adams, a radiologist and one of the world’s leading experts on osteoporosis based at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Optasia Medical Ltd. The goal is to develop specialist computer software that can be easily incorporated into radiology departments.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which patients have too little bone, and so are more prone to suffering fractures, most commonly in the spine, wrist and hip. These lead to pain and deformity and often death. Osteoporosis affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over age 50 years. The treatment of fractures will cost £2 billion in UK by 2020.
This project builds on extensive earlier work carried out in Manchester on identifying vertebral fractures and is funded by the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust through the Health Innovation Challenge Fund.