Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Fracture Risk Calculator
How likely is it for you to sustain a fracture in the next 10 years? A new algorithm tool has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help assess your risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a deterioration of bone mass (porous bone) which leads to fractures of wrist, hip and spine. It is usually measured by a radiological test called the bone-mineral density test. Treatment may be indicated depending on the amount of bone loss detected.
The new tool called the "FRAX" calculator may be used with or without the results of a bone-mineral density test. The model incorporates other clinical criteria such as age, sex, body-mass index, and seven other risk factors to predict the 10 year risk of fractures. Investigators analyzed data from multiple large international population-based studies to develop this statistical model which should add to the accuracy of the bone-mineral density test and better guide the use of medications used for prevention of fractures.