What is the role of radiography in the diagnosis of osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Other plain radiography features and recommendations are as follows:

  • Obtain radiographs of the affected area in symptomatic patients

  • Lateral spine radiography can be performed in asymptomatic patients in whom a vertebral fracture is suspected; a scoliosis series is useful for detecting occult vertebral fractures

  • Radiographic findings can suggest the presence of osteopenia, or bone loss, but cannot be used to diagnose osteoporosis

  • Radiographs may also show other conditions, such as osteoarthritis, disk disease, or spondylolisthesis

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