IBM and ETH scientists advance supercomputing simulations to improve diagnosis of osteoporosis
Venice, Italy, and Zurich, Switzerland, 2 July 2008—Using an IBM®Blue Gene/L supercomputer, scientists of the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and IBM Research - Zurich demonstrated the most extensive simulation yet of real human bone structures, providing doctors with a “high-definition” view of fragility or strength of bones they never had before. This achievement could lead to better clinical tools to improve the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a widespread disease that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50.1

The early detection of osteoporosis is crucial in order to prevent its progress. This breakthrough simulation could greatly enhance a clinician’s ability to better treat fractures and analyze and detect osteoporotic fragility, in order to take preventative measures before osteoporosis advances in patients.
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