Physicians must not be misled by arguments against screening with densitometry

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7041.1300c (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1300
  1. Richard B Mazess*
  1. President Lunar Corporation, 313 W Beltline Highway, Madison, WI 53713, USA

    EDITOR,—As the person chiefly responsible for the development of bone densitometry, I wish to reply to the unreasonable arguments of Trevor A Sheldon and colleagues that the reply by David Barlow and colleagues does not address.1 Critics mistakenly dispute the use of densitometry for assessing risk by questioning its sensitivity in diagnosing fracture. Using densitometry to diagnose a fracture is comparable to diagnostic use of blood pressure for stroke or lipid concentrations for infarction. Bone density indicates the risk, not the presence of a …

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