oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - More about : technology in medicine

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... TECHNOLOGY IN BONE DENSITOMETRY MM CONRADIE MSc (Med Sci) Research Scientist Department of Endocrinology Tygerberg Hospital and University of Stellenbosch Over the last few decades there have been major advances in the diagnosis of osteoporosis, not only in the definitions that are now used, but also in the technology that is available. Currently a low bone mass constitutes the most important risk factor for future fractures, and therefore its measurement forms the practical basis for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Many techniques are used to assess bone mass. They variously assess mineral content of regional sites, particularly sites at risk of osteoporotic fracture such as the wrist, spine and hip, but also the whole skeleton.These techniques include: conventional skeletal radiology quantitative computed tomography (QCT) quantitative ultrasound ..

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