What are USPSTF recommendations for repeated screening of osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2011 recommendations state that evidence is lacking regarding optimal intervals for repeated screening by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for individuals with osteoporosis, as well as regarding whether a woman with a normal BMD requires repeated screening. The USPSTF noted that, “a minimum of 2 years may be needed to reliably measure a change in BMD; however, longer intervals may be necessary to improve fracture risk prediction.” [110]

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