Developing a policy on osteoporosis

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1225 (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1225

Dual energy x ray absorptiometry may not be the gold standard

  1. Colin R Paterson
  1. Honorary consultant Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY

    EDITOR,—I wish to comment on one aspect of the debate on the prevention of osteoporosis.1 Implicit in much current thinking is the view that dual energy x ray absorptiometry of the spine and hip is the method of choice for bone densitometry. The Advisory Group on Osteoporosis, for example, provided details only of the number of installations for this method in Britain. Those unfamiliar with the subject may assume that this is the only reputable type of densitometry.

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