Regional Imaging in West Albury marks World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, 2016

BONE DATA: West Albury service Regional Imaging radiographer Sue Gibbins analyses bone density data ahead of World Osteoporosis Day. Pictures: ELENOR TEDENBORG

BONE DATA: West Albury service Regional Imaging radiographer Sue Gibbins analyses bone density data ahead of World Osteoporosis Day. Pictures: ELENOR TEDENBORG

MORE than 400 bone breaks will occur nationwide on World Osteoporosis Day alone on Thursday.

SIMPLE SCAN: Senior radiographer Sue Gibbins demonstrates on Heather Paterson one of three scans used to quantify bone density and map bone health.

SIMPLE SCAN: Senior radiographer Sue Gibbins demonstrates on Heather Paterson one of three scans used to quantify bone density and map bone health.

Osteoporosis affects 1.2 million Australians with a bone break due to poor bone health every 3.4 minutes.

Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals faster than the body replaces them. 

Regional Imaging customer relationship manager Heather Paterson said people should know osteoporosis risk factors because there were few symptoms.

She said risk factors comprised family history, age and lifestyle.

“We encourage the local community to be proactive with their bone health and complete the online self-assessment as osteoporosis and fractures can be prevented if action is taken early enough,” she said.

Australia’s first online bone health self-assessment – www.knowyourbones.org.au – was developed by Osteoporosis Australia and Garvan Institute of Medical Research. 

Regional Imaging in West Albury will offer clients a skeleton biscuit on Thursday.  

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