Quantitation of Bone Mass in Osteoporosis: Recent Advances
Knowledge of the pathophysiology and treatment of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disease is enhanced by accurate measurement of bone mineral mass and precise estimation of bone mass change. Ideally, a non-invasive measurement of bone mass in the osteoporotic patient would precisely quantitate both regional bone mass at selected sites and total skeletal bone mass, since it may be that some skeletal sites change more rapidly than others when bone loss or gain occurs; consequently, regional measurements of one site may not reflect the state of other sites or of the entire skeleton.
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