Decision Rules for Bone Densitometry Testing

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

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Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI:

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Decision Rules for Bone Densitometry Testing

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This chapter, found in the bone, joint, and extremity pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the use of decision rules for bone densitometry testing to mitigate risks for fractures associated with osteoporosis. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. Researchers found that the Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Instrument and Simple Calculated Osteoporosis Risk Estimation decision rules performed the best for targeting dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry testing among high-risk patients. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

Chapter.  1522 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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