UK company offers hope for millions of osteoporosis sufferers
State-of-the-art technology developed by Sedgefield-based IBEX Innovations Ltd. is set to revolutionise osteoporosis detection.
The company’s medical X-ray imaging software IBEX Trueview® presents a ground-breaking opportunity, which could help the millions of people who suffer from the bone disease.
It offers the chance to reduce the ballooning cost of fractures, ease the burden on the NHS, and give the UK’s ageing population many more decades of healthy, happy, active lifestyles.
A recent clinical study of the software found that it can be used to identify osteoporosis at an earlier stage in the care pathway.
This can enable targeted treatment to start sooner, which reduces the risk of serious, potentially life-changing fractures occurring in the future.
Consultant Rheumatologist and co-author of the research paper, Dr Stephen Tuck, added: “Trueview has great potential to identify at risk individuals attending for routine X-rays who might otherwise go undetected.
“As no special equipment is needed, it can be bolted onto existing digital X-ray machinery and could be widely used.
“It could be especially useful in regions where access to densitometry is limited or where there are long waiting times for DXA (bone density) tests.”
According to the NHS, more than 500,000 people receive hospital treatment for broken bones after falling from standing height or less every year as a result of osteoporosis. This adds up to more than £4.4 billion per year.
The findings, which were recently published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, revealed that Trueview can help to predict a patient’s risk of a future fracture from X-rays that have already been taken – even ones from a minor accident.
IBEX is thrilled to announce that the results of a recent clinical study investigating IBEX Trueview® software as a predictor of bone health have been published in the prestigious British Medical Journal.
Read the full published paper here – https://t.co/mcUbndlhZw pic.twitter.com/3WorIa1Stg
— IBEX Innovations Ltd (@UK_IBEX) February 14, 2022
CTO of IBEX Innovations, Paul Scott, stated: “IBEX Trueview® software turns every compatible X-ray into an opportunity to screen for bone health. It has the potential to transform millions of lives and help to ease the financial burden of osteoporosis on the NHS.
“I am really encouraged by the results of this clinical study and am excited to see Trueview move one step closer to providing real benefits to patients and healthcare providers.
“We are proud to have developed a technology that can assist in the early detection of osteoporosis and poor bone health, and to be playing our part in reducing the occurrence of potentially life-changing fractures.”
Often osteoporosis is only diagnosed after a more serious fracture and the impact on a patient’s quality of life is significant, with many losing their independence and requiring long term care.
Hip fractures carry a one-year mortality rate of 33% with half of surviving patients no longer able to walk unaided.
With Trueview’s support, many of these life-changing fractures could be prevented.
The Chief Investigator for the study, Professor Amar Rangan, who is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of York, commented: “When I came across the novel Trueview technology, I recognised that it has the potential to change the way in which we assess bone health, and I was keen to formally test it in an independently funded study.
“The results from our published study confirm that Trueview does indeed identify poor bone health.
“Current work is now focusing on how this new technology may work within current care pathways to get the right treatment to the right patients sooner.”
Trueview software is being recognised and backed by a growing number of organisations and clinical professionals.
Last year IBEX Innovations announced a partnership with the Royal Osteoporosis Society.
Commenting on the potential of Trueview, Henry Mace, Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy at the Royal Osteoporosis Society, said: “The Royal Osteoporosis Society is encouraged to see the results so far from Trueview and its potential to help combat osteoporosis through early diagnosis.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with IBEX Innovations, who join us in the battle against this debilitating disease.”
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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV
It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.
It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.
From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.
ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.
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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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