The European manufacturer of medical technology Bone Index Ltd. and US preentative screening clinic Life Line Screening partnered up in September 2017 to put their heads together and provide the United States with a new method of bone density screening.
The innovation of the product was prompted by the huge percentage of the US population that has osteoporosis. In the United States of America, the population suffers at least two million broken bones due to osteoporosis. As it is difficult to diagnose patients with the disease, people are left unaware that they have the bone diseases, and so they never get treated and are not being careful.
The reason as to why osteoporosis is left undiagnosed lies in the method doctors use to do that. The machines used are large and expensive, and only hospitals with DXA X-ray machines are able to diagnose osteoporosis. The bone density index machine called Bindex is a game changer of the US population as the innovation will make bone screening more readily available.
The CEO of the company Bone Index Ltd. Dr. OssiRiekkinen shared some insight about their project with Life Line Screening. The product has 19 patent distributed around the globe.Other than in the United States, Bondex is available in large countries in Europe, as well as Japan and Chine. In Finland, the product is used in the most significant screening campaign for osteoporosis in the country. The company also originated from Finland.
So what exactly does Bindex do? The device is able to measure the cortical bone thickness of the tibia. The measurement is used by the algorithm to calculate the density index. The Density index is a parameter estimating the mineral density of the bone at the hip similar to how the DXA measures it.
This device is likely to lower the number of broken bones per year caused by undiagnosed osteoporosis and to help many people start treatment to ease the disease. According to the Vice President of Business Development of Life Line Screening Mrs. Kelly Daubach, there will be no other company in the United States that will be able to provide a safer and more straightforward, and more accurate test for the bone disease than them.
Life Line Screening is present at about 15 000 screening events across the United States of America. The company also provides ultrasound screening for testing for vascular diseases among other types of preventative screening.
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