Which radiographic findings suggest osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Radiographic findings can suggest the presence of osteopenia, or bone loss, but cannot be used to diagnose osteoporosis. Osteopenia is suggested by a cortical width that is less than the medullary width. Radiographs may also show fractures or other conditions, such as osteoarthritis, disk disease, or spondylolisthesis.

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