Vertebral assessment with DEXA

Purins A, Hiller JE
Record ID 32012000244
Authors' recommendations: Although dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for bone mineral density (BMD) and fracture diagnosis is widely practised and, indeed most of the studies reviewed in this summary indicate a positive stance toward DXA vertebral fracture assessment (VFA), a recent review of the fundamental theoretical basis of using DXA for BMD, argued strongly that BMD as determined by DXA was inherently and un-correctably flawed and was not actually measuring BMD. In addition, no evidence was identified indicating the cost effectiveness of DXA for VFA. BMD testing represents a large portion of health care budgets and testing is widespread. Data supporting the use of DEXA for BMD testing is getting weaker rather than stronger and ultrasound may be a more accurate way to measure BMD. Therefore HealthPACT have recommended that a Prioritising Summary on the use of ultrasound to measure BMD be written.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2007
URL for published report: Not Available
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Fractures
Organisation Name: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: School of Public Health, Mail Drop 545, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, AUSTRALIA, Tel: +61 8 8313 4617
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