DXA scanning to diagnose osteoporosis: Do you know what the results mean?
Bradford Richmond, MD
Department of Radiology, The Cleveland Clinic; Certification Instructor, the International Society for Clinical Densitometry
Address: Bradford Richmond, MD, Department of Radiology, A21, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ABSTRACTDual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) provides useful information about osteoporosis and fracture risk that, combined with other risk factors for osteoporosis, helps guide therapy. However, DXA is operator-dependent, making it imperative to refer patients to sites where the operators are experienced in this technology.