Frequently asked questions
Every year, every other woman and every fourth man over 50 is affected by osteoporosis. In today’s society, office jobs are becoming more common, which means that people do not get the activity and training needed to keep the skeleton strong and healthy. There are a number of factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis. These can be a sedentary life, smoking, bad diet, heredity and longer treatment with cortisone. In addition, there are risk factors that can not be affected, such as heredity. The development of the bone tissue is stimulated by estrogen, and therefore women who crossed menopause have a greater risk of having osteoporosis. Research also shows that young women who exercise excessively and loses their menstruation have a higher risk of having osteoporosis.
Boneprox strives for a better public health and therefore wants to make bone density assessment available for everyone.
It is always difficult to choose a price model that suits one’s clinic. Some clinics are smaller and others are larger, which means it’s not always easy to choose. Boneprox therefore offers 3 different pricing models that the clinic can choose from, whichever suits you:
-Light suits those clinics who think they should only perform a few analyzes / month.
-Standard is our most common pricing model. It’s perfect for clinics performing more than 3 analyzes / month.
– Premium is for clinics performing more than 6 analyzes / month
The yellow zone shows the limit for risk of osteoporosis and is classified as osteopenia which is a precursor to osteoporosis. A value in the yellow zone , Boneprox recommended a new analysis within 1 year.
Boneprox method analyzes the risk of osteoporosis and fracture and makes no diagnosis. In case of positive response to osteoporosis, the patient should therefore be referred to the local healthcare center or one of Boneprox partners for further examination and treatment.
Boneprox analysis method is a patented software that analyzes the bone density on a digital dental X-ray. The image is marked in an area where the jaw bone structure is seen and measured. The algorithm then measures how much cavity there is in the bone tissue and presents a value on the bone’s beams. Studies show that a high value, that is a lot of cavities, indicates a fragile bone structure and a low value indicates dense and strong bones. The calculated limit between a dense and a sparse bone structure is set to 6,3 units. The Boneprox method, in response, indicates that there is no risk of osteoporosis if you have a dense bone structure, that is, less than 6,3 units, whereas if you have a value above 6,3 units (sparse bone), you are considered at risk of osteoporosis.
The answer you receive has a Sensitivity = 95% Specificity = 70% for risk of osteoporosis based on your dental X-ray image. The Boneprox method has been tested and proven by several studies and is patented. The method has been developed following the results of an EU research project, the so-called Osteodent study. The result of the analysis is presented in terms of a value related to the WHO’s (World Health Organization) standard scale for bone density measurement called T-score.
Boneprox analyzes the mandibular bone between the premolar in the lower jaw. The optimal image is therefore a periapical X-ray of the lower jaw (it is also possible to use standing bitewing if there is a clear view on the lower jaw). To see instructions on how to take an optimal periapical X-ray/bitewing in order to perform an analysis, click here.
The clinic only uploads a periapical X-ray of the lower jaw (or bitewing with clear view of the lower jaw) in the portal and answer the 3 questions of risk, then Boneprox takes care of the rest. The clinic does not make a diagnosis or even a treatment proposal, but only takes a position based on a x-ray image and the anamestic questions.
Osteoporosis creates major problems among the elderly; not just women but also men. The risk of getting a fracture related to osteoporosis is 50% for women and over 25% for men. Osteoporosis can be prevented, partly with good medication, but also through lifestyle improvements, exercise and dietary advice. The biggest challenge today is that the risk of osteoporosis is not diagnosed in time, but is often observed first after a fracture occurs. Observations are then made (but not consistently) at healthcare centers through DXA-scanners. In large studies, it has been shown that the risk of osteoporosis can be detected through a regular dental X-ray. Boneprox, who have developed the solution, are currently working with dental and healthcare coordinators in municipalities and county councils to prevent fractures and improve the public health for patients. The patient demand to perform an analysis is great. Both women and men in the risk ages are well-informed regarding the disease and would like to have a simple risk assessment done in order to take a stand and demand a visit at the healthcare centers for further diagnostics / treatment. In the field of dentistry, there have been a lot of studies and research regarding the bone structure and the quality of the mandibular bone. Generally, dentists have high skills and good habits in assessing bone structure on X-rays, both intraoral and on panoramic images.
To get started, the clinic only creates a username and password for the clinic’s own portal and then you are ready to upload X-rays for analysis. In the portal you get a full overview of completed analyzes, search functions to find the patient’s analyzes and statistics. Once you have uploaded a digital X-ray image, you will receive a detailed analysis if the patient is at risk or not while the patient is in the chair.