Bone densitometry is worth while

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1225b (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1225
  1. David J Torgerson
  1. Research fellow National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, York YO1 5DD

    EDITOR,—Trevor A Sheldon and colleagues raise several controversial issues regarding the diagnostic value of measurements of bone density.1 In many respects a bone densitometer is no more a diagnostic tool for osteoporosis than a measurement of blood pressure is for stroke or cardiovascular disease. In both instances the value measured is a risk factor. A favourable change in the relevant risk factor will reduce the risk of either a fracture or a cardiovascular event. Whether a clinician should …

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