The Context: Osteoporosis Burden

Worldwide, 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 5 men aged 50 and over will sustain a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis (Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)).

Osteoporosis is a silent skeletal disease that not only leads people to suffer fractures, but also causes serious disability and increases mortality. The burden of osteoporosis remains widely unknown compared to most common diseases that severely impact health. However, in the United States, 1.5 million cases of osteoporotic-related fractures annually are reported compared with 211 000 annual cases of breast cancer and 232 000 cases of prostate cancer for instance [3] (link), [4](link). Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have shown that osteoporotic fractures induce higher and longer disability than rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer or hypertension, with similar disability impact as colon and rectal cancer. (WHO Scientific group on the assessment of osteoporosis at primary health care level, 2004: , Figure 1).

With our ageing population [5], the burden of Osteoporosis and related fractures – with their direct social and economic impacts – will only increase.

Dr Brundtland, former Director-General of WHO, once stated that WHO sees the need for a global strategy for prevention and control of osteoporosis focusing on three major functions; prevention,  management  and  surveillance. [6]

This is a goal we, at Galgo Medical, are devoted to pursue, by developing innovative technologies to improve physicians daily practice and optimize patients’ outcomes.

With 3D-SHAPER® Software, we bring 3D bone exploration into DXA to optimize prevention, management and monitoring of osteoporosis-related fracture and overall bone health.

[3] Clinician’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis, NOF, F. Cosman et al., 2014

[4] American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2005, Atlanta

[5] An Ageing World: 2015 International population report, Wan He et al., United States Census Bureau, 2016,

[6] Genant HK et al. Interim report and recommendations of the World Health Organization Task Force for Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis International, 1999, 10: 259–264

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