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Capacity to diagnose osteoporosis doubles in Armenia
Date:10/5/2011

On October 4th, in conjunction with the 5th Annual Osteoporosis Symposium, the announcement was made that Hologic, Inc. has donated three more DXA instruments for the diagnosis of osteoporosis in Armenia. This brings the number of DXA units donated by Hologic, Inc. to Armenia to 5 over the past 4 years. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the most accurate and advanced of the technologies used to measure bone mineral density (BMD). Low BMD indicates osteoporosis, a 'silent' disease which causes bones to weaken and break more easily. Without DXA testing, people are unaware that they have the serious disease and are at high risk of suffering debilitating fragility fractures.

Six Yerevan Medical Centers now with capacity to diagnose osteoporosis:

The addition of three densitometers doubles the number of densitometers to six for this country of three million people. The new machines will be placed in the Ereubuni Medical Center and the Scientific Center of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, major Yerevan hospitals. The other new DXA unit will be placed in the Center of Mother and Child Care in Nagorno-Karabakh. The new DXA machines, valued at more than 100,000 USD, are equipped with the latest software, including FRAX, the WHO Fracture Risk Assessment calculation tool that helps determine fracture risk. The three units that are currently operating in Yerevan are at The Scientific Research Center of Maternal and Child Health Protection, Yerevan State Medical University, and the Armenian-American Wellness Center.

Armenian radiologists will be trained in the use of the machines in December 2011 by Larry Mowat, R.T., Hologic's Senior Application Specialist. Mowat has participated in several previous trips to Armenia, generously donating his time and expertise in DXA installation, quality control and training.

5th Annual Osteoporosis Symposium draws record number of participants:

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Contact: L. Misteli
info@iofbonehealth.org
41-229-940-100
International Osteoporosis Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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