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Issue 473, 19 November 2001

No bones about it

A novel technique for measuring changes in the bones of osteoporosis sufferers, developed at the school of biomedical sciences, has been awarded a prize by the international society for bone and mineral research.

The simple and inexpensive technique measures the three-dimensional integrity of the microscopic bony network that constitutes much of the skeleton. It is sufficiently sensitive to indicate an individual’s risk of bone fracture at an earlier stage of osteoporosis than currently possible with conventional, and often more costly, techniques.

The technique was developed through a collaboration between biomedical sciences, oral biology, Leeds Dental Institute and the centre for metabolic bone disease at the University of Sheffield.

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