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Coloured X-ray of femur fracture in osteoporosis

Coloured X-ray of femur fracture in osteoporosis

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Coloured X-ray of femur fracture in osteoporosis

Osteoporosis fracture. Coloured X-ray of the hip of an elderly woman with a fractured femur (lower right, pink/green) caused by osteoporosis (brittle bone disease). The round femur head articulates with the pelvis at the hip socket (centre). The femur (thigh bone) is fractured at the neck between the head and shaft of the bone. Osteo- porosis causes a loss in bone density, making the bones thinner, more brittle and more likely to break. In this case the femur fractured by a fall. Osteoporosis is most common in women after the menopause as their ovaries no longer produce the oestrogen hormones which help maintain bone mass

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Femur Fracture Osteoporosis Thigh Bone Condition Disorder Health Care

This print showcases a coloured X-ray of an elderly woman's hip, revealing a femur fracture caused by osteoporosis. The lower right portion of the image is highlighted in pink and green, indicating the severity of the fracture. Osteoporosis, also known as brittle bone disease, leads to a loss in bone density, making bones thinner and more susceptible to fractures. The round head of the femur can be seen articulating with the pelvis at the center of the image. However, between this vital connection lies a fractured neck – precisely where the break has occurred. The fragility resulting from osteoporosis makes even minor falls potentially devastating for individuals affected by this condition. It is noteworthy that post-menopausal women are particularly prone to developing osteoporosis due to decreased production of estrogen hormones by their ovaries. These hormones play a crucial role in maintaining bone mass and strength. This powerful visual serves as a reminder of how important it is to prioritize bone health throughout our lives. It highlights not only the impact that osteoporosis can have on an individual but also emphasizes why preventative measures should be taken early on. Science Photo Library continues its mission to provide valuable medical insights through images like these without any commercial intent or association with specific companies or products.

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