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Boots offer osteoporosis test in stores

Trial service may be rolled out across UK


A surgeon considers an x-ray photograph.

An in-store test for early signs of osteoporosis was launched today.

The X-ray scans the customer’s hip and spine to check their bone density.

Its aim is to detect early signs of the disease, which makes bones become thin and weak.

The 10-minute scan costs £95 and is carried out by a trained radiographer. It launches in selected Boots stores in Birmingham today for a two-month trial period.

Selected stores

Dr David Berger of medical screening company New Medical Ltd, which partnered with Boots for the pilot project, said: ‘Early detection is vital if people are to prevent osteoporosis from developing and reduce their chance of debilitating fractures.’

The service will be rolled out across Boots stores throughout the UK if it proves popular.

Meanwhile, thousands of men at risk from prostate cancer are set to benefit from quicker treatment after an instant test to search for signs of the disease was unveiled.

The new procedure will highlight the danger signs for prostate cancer – the UK’s most common male cancer – in just 10 minutes.

Prostate cancer

Currently blood samples taken at GP surgeries have to be sent off for testing at laboratories which can take several days.

Now a Rugby-based company, Mediwatch, has received the go-ahead from regulators to release its new test, called PSAwatch, in the on-going battle against prostate cancer, which kills more than 10,000 men in the UK every year.

‘It will enable doctors to detect the first signs of prostate cancer faster than ever before and save patients days of anxious waiting for results to return,’ said urologist and director of Mediwatch, Omer Karim.

However, the test will not provide a definite diagnosis and men at risk will still need to be referred for biopsies, which may take weeks, according to a spokesman from the Prostate Cancer Charity.

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