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X-ray of Osteoporosis of the Thoracic Spine
12" x 18"
Photographic Print

Falsecolour Xray of the thoracic spine of a woman suffering from osteoporosis showing vertebral collapse Osteoporosis is a reduction in the mass of bone causing an increase in brittleness and a greater risk of fractures particularly of the vertebrae hip or arm The condition arises through an imbalance between formation resorption of bone most commonly occurring with increasing age The incidence is greater in women than in men and is attributed to a decline in hormone production following the menopause Oestrogens sex hormones may be used to prevent treat agerelated disease although their use is controversial