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Study results show promise for using ultrasound to assess bone health

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Osteoporosis affects about 25 percent of women aged 65 years and over and about 5 percent of men aged 65 and over. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. Dual/energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the gold standard for assessing bone health. Although effective in identifying those with low bone mineral density (BMD), using DXA to screen for bone health is limited by cost, size, and technical requirements to operate the machine. A recent study, however, showed that inexpensive ultrasound screenings for osteoporosis were equal to data gathered using DXA. more


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