A new scanner has been officially launched at Kerry General Hospital.
The Dexa Scanner which cost €110,000 measures the density or strength of the bones in the skeleton.
It is estimated that in Kerry there are 8,000 women with osteoporosis and each year over 400 of them will suffer from a broken bone.
Early detection and adequate treatment of osteoporosis may prevent bones from breaking.
The scanner was bought by the ‘Friends of Kerry General Hospital’, whose chairperson is PJ Hayes: