Using x-ray tech to treat fragile bone condition

Galway Daily news Using x-ray tech to treat fragile bone condition

Researchers at NUI Galway have developed a new way of using x-ray technology in the treatment of people with osteoporosis, a fragile bone condition.

A team of computer scientists and engineers are using enhanced x-ray technology to measure bone density in people across Galway, Leitrim and Sligo.

The x-ray testing is being used to develop new osteoporosis screening and testing strategies for early identification of the condition in patients.

Prof. of Medicine at NUIG and Osteoporosis Clinical Lead at Galway University Hospitals John Carey said that this method could help cut costs, and deliver better outcomes for patients.

“The cross disciplinary expertise enables the development of a smart screening methodology to reduce health costs, maximise healthcare efficiencies, reduce waiting times and improve patient care and quality of life.”

Osteoporosis is a condition that slowly weakens bones, leaving them fragile, and is often only diagnosed after a bad break caused by it.

The Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry Management Application Project (DXA MAP), is being funded by the Health Research Board.

It will be carried out by the University’s College of Science and Engineering and the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, and led by Dr Attracta Brennan, Professor John Carey and Associate Professor Mary Dempsey. 

The DXA MAP project also includes patients and collaborators in Tsinghua University and Oxford University.