Osteoporosis scans 'should be carried out frequently'

1 March 2012

New health research has indicated that people who go for tests to look for signs of osteoporosis should seek out further scans earlier than is currently recommended.

A recent study suggested that women who receive normal results after undertaking a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan can wait 15 years before needing a second test.

However, a Viewpoint article which has been published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research believes that such a long period may prove to be a risk to adults.

Osteoporosis experts Dr E Michael Lewiecki, Dr Andrew Laster, Dr Paul Miller and Dr John Bilezikian all believe that the 15-year gap is too excessive when monitoring dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.

Dr Lewiecki explained: "Policy makers and patients who are concerned that over-use of medical tests may be driving up health care costs may be tempted to conclude that DXA scanning should be done less frequently.

"In fact, just the opposite is true."

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, an osteoporotic fracture is recorded every three seconds across the globe, a statistic which highlights the severity of this condition.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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