RAMAN study: 100th participant completed!

Raman spectroscopy 100th participant

We are excited to report that the 100th participant has now completed the RAMAN study.

RAMAN is a collaborative study by University College London (UCL), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). It aims to develop spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) for the diagnosis of bone disorders and disease.

The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with a grant of £1.7m. The measurements involve shining an infrared laser through the skin to analyse the chemistry of the underlying bone, and changes associated with bone diseases. It is non-invasive and does not use ionising radiation.

The RNOH is the only site in the UK where this research is taking place. This could lead to an exciting new non-invasive screening system that looks at all the major components of bone – not just the mineral density, as many of the current screening systems do.

How can you help?

We are continuing to recruit volunteers and are seeking people with:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Rickets and Osteomalacia

We also need a number of people without any bone conditions and are particularly looking for the following:

  • Women aged: 60 – 85 years
  • Men aged: 65 – 72 years

What are the possible risks of taking part?

The risks are negligible. Raman spectroscopy does not involve any ionizing (i.e. damaging) radiation and is a non-invasive technique.

Who do I contact for further information?

For more information and to volunteer please contact:

Prof Allen Goodship (via his secretary): 020 8909 5535

Jacqueline Vinton: 020 8909 5425 / 07517

Principal Investigator: Professor Allen Goodship

Principal Clinical Investigator: Dr Richard Keen

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