Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi

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Dr. John Bilezikian (USA)

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Dr. John P. Bilezikian is a professor of Medicine and Pharmacology in Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons (USA). He is a member of different international medical and scientific committees and associations and author of numerous scientific articles, devoted to the clinical investigation of different metabolic bone diseases.

Thanks to the generous donation made by Dr. John Bilezikian, today Endocrinology department of «Muratsan» University hospital is equipped with technologically advanced ultrasound bone densitometer. A bone densitometer detects changes in bone mineral density and nowadays is used widely all over the world for early detection of osteoporosis. Years ago, the disease was detected only after a bone broke. Today, if diagnosed early, steps can be taken through medication to tremendously slow the rate of osteoporosis and strengthen bones.

Nowadays we don’t have any information about the exact prevalence of osteoporosis in RA population. Densitometry will provide a great opportunity to study the disease prevalence and distribution in different regions of Armenia.

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