Resident Anna Luan Wins the AAHS Annual Research Grant

February 16, 2022

Anna Luan, MD

Resident Anna Luan has won the 2022 AAHS (American Association of Hand Surgery) Annual Research Grant for her project entitled “Application of Machine Learning to Osteoporosis Screening Using Hand Radiographs." She will be collaborating with colleagues Stanford Orthopaedics Faculty Dr. Jeffrey Yao and Stanford Plastic Surgery Chief Resident Zeshaan Maan.

On her project and the grant, Dr. Luan says “Osteoporosis is a common condition that accounts for significant morbidity and mortality as well as healthcare costs. Diagnosis is currently based on bone mineral density on a dual x-ray absorptiometry scan. However, other modalities may be as accurate and more readily available. Hand radiographs may have potential as an alternate screening tool. The goal of this research project is therefore to develop and validate a machine-learning algorithm to diagnose osteoporosis using routine hand radiographs."

Dr. Luan shares, "We are very grateful for the support from the Research Committee of the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) in the form of the 2022 AAHS Annual Research Grant! We expect the results of these studies to move the field forward by allowing for more widespread screening, and therefore treatment, for osteoporosis and osteopenia. We anticipate that the findings from our innovative approach will help to move toward a more accessible, accurate, cost-effective, automated diagnosis of these conditions."