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

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Conventional radiography is used for the qualitative and semiquantitative evaluation of osteoporosis; morphometry assesses the presence of fractures. [114] Quantitative imaging methods commonly used are dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and quantitative computed tomography (QCT) scanning. [114] In the United States, current diagnostic and treatment criteria for osteoporosis are based solely on QCT hip and DXA spine or hip T-score measurements. [115, 116]


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