Picking up Hidden Osteoporosis Effectively during Normal CT Imaging without additional X-rays
Each year, half a million new fragility fractures (including 200,000 vertebral fractures and 80,000 hip fractures) associated with untreated osteoporosis cost the UK >£3.5 billion. The personal cost is also high, as you can find out from Gill’s story.
In September 2018, we were awarded almost £250,000 by the National Institute for Health Research* to conduct the PHOENIX-f study. PHOENIX uses a new method to diagnose osteoporosis and vertebral fractures opportunistically ‘behind the scenes’ after patients have attended for routine CT scans for any clinical reason. The technology utilises a novel scanner calibration method developed by Keenan Brown of Mindways Software meaning that CT scanners in many hospitals can now be used to diagnose osteoporosis. With start-up funding from NHS Innovation, the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, the team has already discovered osteoporosis and treated >250 patients from just over 2500 patients screened.
*NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) funding aims to directly improve the health of patients within the NHS, by closing the translational gap between medical research and the clinic. The NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge.