Dr. Ben Helgason: Patient-Specific Hip Fracture Prediction for Identifying At-Risk Individuals in Clinical Practice. Are We Getting There?

Dr. Ben Helgason: Patient-Specific Hip Fracture Prediction for Identifying At-Risk Individuals in Clinical Practice.  Are We Getting There?

Elevated hip fracture risk is generally addressed either pharmacologically or through lifestyle interventions, which can be expensive and difficult to administer.

Clinicians must carefully evaluate patients’ risk before implementing these solutions, however, current screening techniques for osteoporosis such as DEXA and FRAX are not sensitive enough to clearly identify at-risk individuals. Patient-specific finite element models have the potential to overcome this problem, however translating such complex techniques into the clinical practice remains a challenge.



In his talk Dr. Helgason reported on recent development in modelling techniques for simulating the outcome of a sideways fall on the hip and try to answer the question whether patient-specific hip fracture predictions for identifying at-risk individuals are likely to be implemented into clinical practice in the near future.

About Dr. Helgason
Dr. Helgason studied civil engineering at the University of Iceland and the Technical University of Denmark and, after working 5 years in industry, he acquired a PhD degree in engineering from the University of Iceland, with biomechanics as a focus point. He currently a holds a position of a senior scientist at the Institute for Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in Zürich, Switzerland where he leads a research group addressing bone pathologies and treatments.  His research is focused on the development of numerical models for simulating the mechanical response of bone under loading with special emphasis on applications related to osteoporosis and hip fractures.