New methods for investigating bone muscle and fat mass using 2D DXA images to predict performance, risk of falls and fractures

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Western Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Gustavo Duque gustavo.duque@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary We have a new region of interest for analysing whole body DXA scans that can determine muscle, bone and fat mass in one go and in a matter of seconds. If validated, we can develop a quick, affordable and efficient way of screening people for bone, muscle and fat mass in one go.

Project Details

Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the standard technique to study bone, muscle and fat mass and diagnose diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia and obesity. However, the current techniques of scanning are time consuming and require multiple scans to assess various tissues.

We have a new region of interest for analysing whole body DXA scans that can determine muscle, bone and fat mass in one go and in a matter of seconds. If validated, we can develop a quick, affordable and efficient way of screening people for bone, muscle and fat mass in one go.

We are looking for an enthusiastic research student to undertake a project for 6-12 months and study our newly defined variables’ ability in predicting muscle performance, falls and fractures. This research is computer-based and involves learning image analysis and elementary statistics.


School Research Themes

Ageing



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Western Health

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