admin - October 18, 2013
Not all bones are created equal. Or at least that’s what the findings from a recent study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio revealed.
The study, which looked at abnormal bone property in children who suffered from vertebral fractures, or had been the subject of a solid organ transplant, is the first to document bone compositional changes in children. Using histomorphometry and infrared spectroscopy, the study suggests that the understanding the rate of bone deterioration may be more important indicator of future problems than bone density itself.
Simply stated, bone histomorphometry is a way to measure the shape and form of bone tissue to arrive at a fuller understanding of the bone’s architecture, while spectroscopic technology provides a way to accomplish that goal by studying the interaction between matter and radiated energy.
One of the leading causes for increased risk factors of bone fractures is the disease known as osteoporosis. Characterized by abnormal bone formations, osteoporosis has no symptoms but generally results in what’s known as fragility fractures that typically target the hips, ribs, wrists, and vertebral column of the sufferer. Whereas earlier studies focused on measuring bone density, this latest study suggests that the quality of the bone, rather than bone density, may be the better indicator of bone fragility problems in children.
The new study confirms that to study remodeling balance in younger patients, bone histomorphometry is needed in clinical studies to better understand the effects on children. Study researchers emphasized how bone histomorphometry provides valuable information that can aid in an accurate diagnosis and treatment regime, which is especially important when treating pediatric patients.
“Especially in clinically challenging scenarios where different treatment options are being considered, bone histomorphometry provides valuable information. An accurate diagnosis and choice of medication are especially important when treating pediatric patients.” Said study author Dr. Inari Tamminen in a recent Science Daily article.
Osteoporosis screening is an easy way to determine the health of a patient’s bones and annual screenings are highly recommended for anyone who at risk for bone density loss. Life Line Screening provides painless osteoporosis screenings for those interested. Learn more about it today.
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