What is a FRAX score?

Developed by the University of Sheffield in 2008 (along with the World Health Organisation WHO) , the FRAX® algorithms give the 10-year probability of fracture. The output is a 10-year probability of hip fracture and the 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture (clinical spine, forearm, hip or shoulder fracture).

A new report says that the number of hip fractures suffered by older women could be reduced by a quarter through a simple screening programme using a fracture risk tool via bone density scans such as EchoS.

The study, published in The Lancet and welcomed by the National Osteoporosis Society, shows that older women identified at high risk of hip fracture based on the FRAX® fracture risk tool benefited from subsequent appropriate osteoporosis management.

FRAX® scores are one of the readings shown on the EchoS results along with your T-score and your Z-score