Dental x-rays for bone health

Dental x-rays for bone health

British researchers say that a new computer program may detect warning signs of osteoporosis during routine dental x-rays by automatically measuring the thickness of part of the lower jaw and alerting the dentist. They estimate that the inexpensive approach might identify two in five people who have osteoporosis but are unaware of it. The next step is to recruit an x-ray equipment product company to integrate the software with its products. Once the procedure becomes available, researchers hope the test might also encourage older people to visit the dentist more regularly.

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