The VPH-OP can be defined as a decision support system for the prediction of the risk of fracture in osteoporotic patients, and for related in-silico biomedical research. VPH-OP aims to develop a multi-scale modelling technology based on conventional diagnostic imaging methods that makes it possible, in a clinical setting, to predict for each patient the strength of his/her bones, how this strength is likely to change over time, and the probability that the patient will overload his/her bones during daily life. With these three predictions, the evaluation of the absolute risk of bone fracture will be much more accurate than any prediction based on external and indirect determinants, as it is current clinical practice.
The project started in September 2008 and ended in October 2012. It was co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7 with a consortium of 21 partners from 9 member states.