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Dual-energy X-ray-based Absorptiometry in Daily Clinical Practice

  • Piet Geusens

Summary

  • The introduction of DXA in daily clinical practice is a major advance in the case-finding of patients at high risk for osteoporosis.

  • DXA measurements are helpful for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and for predicting fracture risk.

  • In the absence of a prevalent vertebral fracture, DXA is essential for selecting patients for drug treatment.

  • Low bone density as measured by DXA should be interpreted in the context of other risk factors for osteoporotic fractures.

The availability of bone densitometry using DXA is a major advance in the diagnosis of osteoporosis in daily clinical practice. There is growing consensus about case-finding of individuals at high risk for osteoporosis, and bone densitometry using DXA is an integral part of this process.

Keywords

Vertebral Fracture Fracture Risk Bone Density Daily Clinical Practice Bone Densitometry 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2004

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  • Piet Geusens

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