The osteoporosis centre provides a clinical diagnostic service (DXA scans) and also supports an expanding research programme within the Trust and the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU).
We use two hologic bone densitometers for DXA scanning, and have recently acquired state-of-the-art peripheral quantitative CT (pQCT) and high resolution microCT bone assessment instruments.
We perform around 5000 DXA scans for bone assessments of osteoporosis a year.
The MRC LEU and osteoporosis centre at Southampton General Hospital now comprises one of the foremost clinical bone centres in the UK and internationally.
Within this research programme the novel scanning of neonates and young children has established an extensive database of information related to the investigation into pre and peri-natal influences on later adult bone disease.
Working with orthopaedic and ortho-geriatric colleagues the osteoporosis centre supports a secondary fracture prevention service.