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Optimize Care in Osteoporosis Using GIS and UMOT


Professor Jue Wang
Union College

January 19, 2015
5:00 PM
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 4:45pm


Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans. The estimated national direct cost for osteoporosis and associated fractures is $19 billion per year ($52 million each day) -- and the cost is rising. It is predicted that the cost for osteoporosis and low-energy fractures over the next two decades will total $474 billion. In this talk, I will first use the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to build maps for osteoporosis rates for population densities by age, gender, race, ethnicity, and other related factors. We will examine the correlations between the osteoporosis rates and affecting factors. Then I will show the feasibility of using ultrasound modulated optical tomography (UMOT) to detect and assess osteoporosis. Monte Carlo simulations and physical experiments are performed. This study could improve care for patients with osteoporosis and for prevention.

For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.
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