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

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; 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. [98] Quantitative imaging methods commonly used are dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and quantitative computed tomography (QCT) scanning. [98] 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. [99, 100]


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