Ultrasound for assessment of risk of fracture

Purins A, Mundy L, Hiller JE
Record ID 32007000660
Authors' results and conclusions: From the literature reviewed it is apparent that quantitative ultrasound (QUS) is a safe and effective technique and may also provide both greater access and lower costs compared to dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). The main issue is the interaction between the emerging technology of QUS and the system in place for the current standard, DXA. A concerted effort is needed to delineate the exact role of QUS, be that as a sole screening tool or as an adjunct to DXA. In addition, issues such as which population QUS is best suited to be used on and at what age still need to be addressed. A set of manufacturing standards for ultrasound instruments used for QUS and for clinicians wishing to utilise QUS may remove much of the confusion from the field.
Authors' recommendations: There is a substantial body of literature published on this topic and given the potential benefits, HealthPACT have recommended that a Horizon Scanning report be conducted.
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
  • Risk
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fractures, Bone
  • Osteoporosis
Organisation Name: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment
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