What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose their strength, leading to a higher risk of bone fracture (break). For further details on the condition, go to The Osteoporosis Society website. This is an excellent source of information.
How to Diagnose Osteoporosis?
The most accurate test to determine whether osteoporosis is present, is a Bone Density Scan, or DEXA (The Royal Osteoporosis Society – Bone Density Scan). This is only available at specialist centres and is usually conducted following a referral by a Doctor.
Since Osteoporosis is such a common condition and a Bone Density Scan is relatively time-consuming, other more simple tests are used to measure the risk of people having osteoporosis.
What is OsteoDent?
OsteoDent has been developed at The University of Manchester as a simple and effective measure to warn patients if they are heading towards Osteoporosis.
It analyses a patient’s jawbone that is visible in a routine dental x-ray and combines this with simple pieces of information and places the patient in risk categories.
OsteoDent has proven to be an effective measure of the risk of osteoporosis. We are currently embarking on further clinical trials, please contact us if you would like to become involved in this exciting brand new screening software.
Devlin, H., Allen, P., Graham, J. et al. “The role of the dental surgeon in detecting osteoporosis: the OSTEODENT study”. British Dental Journal 204, E16 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2008.317