What is bone densitometry bone densitometry is a test like an x ray that quickly and accurately measures the density of bone it is used primarily to detect osteopenia or osteoporosis diseases . An additional 30 percent have low bone density that puts them at risk of developing osteoporosis including african americans osteoporosis is responsible for more than 2 million fractures each year and this number continues to grow hip fractures are a serious health threat of osteoporosis. The purpose of this book is to provide a perspective on the current status of bone densitometry and its relevance to osteoporosis diagnosis and management therefore this book will give the reader an introduction to the nature of osteoporosis its pathophysiology and epidemiology and the clinical consequences of performing bone densitometry. Chapter 5 imaging and bone densitometry of osteoporosis sven prevrhal christopher f njeh michael jergas and harry k genant the diagnosis of osteoporosis has always been a challenge to radiologists clinicians and other specialists alike despite the wide range of instruments at hand today to aid decision making
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