In Situ Sensor Advancements for Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment


Osteoporosis is still a serious issue in healthcare, and will continue to increase due to the aging and growth of the population. Early diagnosis is the key to successfully treating many diseases. The earlier the osteoporosis is diagnosed, the more quickly people can take action to stop bone deterioration. Motivated by this, researchers and companies have begun developing smart in situ bone sensors in order to dramatically help people to monitor their bone mass density (BMD), bone strain or bone turnover markers (BTMs); promptly track early signs of osteoporosis; and even monitor the healing process following surgery or antiresorptive therapy. This paper focuses on the latest advancements in the field of bone biosensing materials and sensor technologies and how they can help now and in the future to detect disease and monitor bone health.

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Liu, L., Webster, T.J. In Situ Sensor Advancements for Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Curr Osteoporos Rep 14, 386–395 (2016).

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  • Osteoporosis