Researchers from the School of osteopathic medicine West Virginia have proposed to use ultrasound instead of x-rays for diagnosis of osteoporosis.
This clinical syndrome affects the bone density, they become fragile, the risk of fractures increases. Especially in older women, writes Medical News Today.
Most often fractures occur in the hips, spine and wrists.
Healthy bone and bone with osteoporosis
In addition, osteoporosis is a socio-economic burden resulting from high medical expenditures and loss of working days.
Osteoporosis affects about 200 million women, because they, as a rule, thinner bones than men, and the likelihood of developing the disease increases during menopause, when a decrease in the content of the hormone estrogen.
Despite the global impact, the disease remains poorly diagnosed and treated sufficiently about 80 % of cases, according to some.
One recent study showed that data obtained by ultrasound scanning, are not inferior to similar data obtained in the result of x-rays. According to experts, this is one of the best methods of assessing the quality of bone.
Ultrasound may lead to an increase in the number of surveys for osteoporosis. The machine measures how sound waves travel through the bone. The device is portable and not expensive.
When it’s time to go to the doctor
According to doctors, to avoid osteoporosis, young people must try to pay special attention to lifestyle, nutrition and exercise.
“Due to its low cost, mobility and safety, ultrasound is a promising tool for the assessment of a larger number of people in different demographic conditions,” says Professor Andrea Nazar.
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