On May the 26th Oscare Medical took part in a bone health event arranged by the Finnish Bone Association and the occupational health care department of the Finnish Parliament. The event attracted a lot of participants. Over a hundred members of the parliament, assistants and other personnel participated in bone strength measurements offered by Oscare Medical.
Bones are out of sight, so one does not easily come to think of their condition. Osteoporosis doesn’t usually give symptoms, but develops gradually during the years. 400 000 Finns have osteoporosis, and 30 000 to 40 000 osteoporotic fractures occur each year. One in three women and one in five men over 50 years of age suffer from osteoporotic fractures.
Osteoporosis is diagnosed with Dual-energy X-ray (DXA). DXA devices are large and expensive, and the measurement is not always easily accessible. The OsCare Sono® uses ultrasound to measure bone strength conveniently on the forearm. Combining the measurement result with other risk factors, it is possible to evaluate osteoporosis risk and whether a person should be sent for further examination. 95 % of patients diagnosed with osteoporosis based on DXA will receive an OsCare Sono® result indicating increased risk for osteoporosis. OsCare Sono® saves expenses, when only patients truly in need are sent for further examination. Using the OsCare Sono® can prevent human suffering and expenses caused by fractures. The yearly costs for one hip fracture can be up to 50 000 euros.