KUOPIO, Finland, November 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- One of Europe's top new manufacturers of medical devices, Bone Index Ltd., has been granted a patent in The United States of America for Bindex ®, a new point-of-care instrument to help in osteoporosis diagnosis. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160516/367776LOGO ) The use of Bindex ® is rapidly advancing the way osteoporosis is diagnosed all over the world. This new technology is used in the world's largest osteoporosis screening campaign. Earlier this year Bone Index Ltd., received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Bindex ®. Undiagnosed osteoporosis is a worldwide challenge. In the US alone osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones every year, costing over 19 billion dollars. Experts forecast that by 2025, the costs will rise to 25.3 billion dollars. One of the biggest challenges is the limited availability of osteoporosis diagnostics since bone density scans are mostly performed in hospitals with large DXA X-ray machines that entail high costs. "This is why Bindex ® is a game-changer," says Bone Index's CEO, Dr. Ossi Riekkinen. "Bindex ® is unique technology. Now we have a total of 19 patents globally including the US, China, Japan and large European countries. The United States is a very significant market and we are actively seeking a partner who has the capabilities to take advantage of this unique opportunity. The overall aim is to prevent osteoporotic fractures and improve the quality of life of families in the US" Dr. Riekkinen concludes.