Clinical Indications for Bone Densitometry
There is no question that the variety of densitometry techniques available to the physician today can accurately and precisely quantify the bone density at virtually any skeletal site. But when should these technologies be used? In what clinical circumstances should physicians consider measuring the bone density? Four major organizations have published guidelines on the use of bone mass measurements. As practice guidelines, they are intended to help the physician determine when a bone mass measurement may be useful in the care of individual patients. A fifth major organization has published guidelines for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, based on the absolute level of the bone density or bone mass that is measured.
KeywordsBone Mass Fracture Risk Bone Density Proximal Femur Skeletal Site
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