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Ultrasound weighs fracture risks for elderly women

June 20, 2008 Ultrasound weighs fracture risks for elderly women H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An Achilles' heel may not be such a bad thing after all. Data from a prospective study performed in Switzerland on more than 6000 women showed that an ultrasound scan of the heel, combined with other clinical parameters, may predict the risk of fractures in elderly women afflicted by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis and the incidence of fractures associated with the condition may become one of the most pressing public healthcare issues of the 21st century, according to several independent studies. Albeit effective, the dual x-ray absorptiometry exam used to determine bone mineral density may fall short of satisfying worldwide demand.

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