Investigation of the relationship between osteoarthritis and osteoporosis using Dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) images

University of Aberdeen

Past award

Student: Delaram Varzi : University of Aberdeen

Year Award Started: 2013

Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are diseases affecting joints and bones. Osteoarthritis is currently measured on X-rays and osteoporosis on bone scans (DXA) however, Aberdeen University has shown that DXA can be used to assess osteoarthritis. The aim of this project is to use DXA scans and patient data, collected as part of an osteoporosis screening study, to measure osteoarthritis and to investigate the relationship between these two diseases. This has the potential to reduce the number of hospital visits and, by screening for two diseases using a single DXA scan, to reduce the amount of radition that patients are exposed to.

Research area: Musculoskeletal conditions


Dr Rebecca Barr
Institute of Medical Sciences