We’ve Got Your Back! CT to DXA: Scaling Up Osteoporosis Diagnosis with AI

By: Einav Blumenfeld, Senior Product Manager, Bone Health
Zebra Medical Vision

“The scan that I had for my breathlessness had shown up something… I thought how amazing, I go for one thing and come out with another. I just regard it as a gift, I can’t believe that such technology can exist” Sally Bromley, Oxford FLS patient detected by Zebra technology (BBC, David Prever’s Breakfast Club, minute 49)

Sally Bromley, Oxford FLS patient detected by Zebra technology.
BBC, David Prever’s Breakfast Club

When someone’s grandmother slips and breaks her hip, or mother trips and break her arm, this is not bad luck. This is called Osteoporosis, one of the most burdensome diseases of the 21st century. Sally is that someone’s mother, but her next osteoporotic fracture will probably be prevented thanks to Zebra’s unique AI based technology. 

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Osteoporosis means “porous bones” (poor quality bones) and results from a decrease in bone density. In other words, the bones become more fragile and the risk of fractures is greatly increased. 

Is it rare? Not at all.  Osteoporosis affects 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 5 men over the age of fifty. But there is also good news – diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis can prevent up to 70% of fractures.

Zebra Medical Vision is a high profile medical imaging AI company with the ability to detect even subtle radiology findings, such as Pneumothorax or small brain bleeds, which are critical findings that can be missed. 

Alongside Zebra’s aim at finding acute and critical findings, first and most enduring commitment in radiology was to bring out the importance of assessing the strength of the bones and screening people for Osteoporosis. Zebra’s first set of algorithms were designed to bring attention to common bone health pathology which almost every radiology can make, but are often overlooked.

DXA screening is the standard of care for Osteoporosis detection, but it is underutilized, while CT imaging is ubiquitous. And so, why not use a CT to predict the DXA score? This is exactly what Zebra Medical Vision did, the answer is in the paper…

A small spoiler – Zebra Med recently received a patent on the volumetric analysis of bone mineral density values extracted from CT studies. This is the 3rd patent dedicated for bone health in Zebra, emphasizing its’ commitment to the bone health sector improving patient’s quality of life.

Einav Blumenfeld
Senior Product Manager, Bone Health
Zebra Medical Vision

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