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Radiol Clin North Am. 2003 Jul;41(4):813-39.

Osteoporosis imaging.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Ismaninger Strasse 22, Munich D-81675, Germany. tmlink@roe.med.tu-muenchen.de


Because osteoporotic fractures may be prevented, diagnostic techniques are essential in the assessment of osteoporosis. Conventional radiographs of the spine are not suited for diagnosing early osteoporosis, but they show fractures that may have no clinical symptoms. The radiologist should be aware of the enormous significance of these fractures for future osteoporotic fractures. Bone mass measurements are standard techniques in the diagnosis of osteoporosis, which are the basis of the WHO definition of osteoporosis. In this article the authors presented these standard techniques and newer diagnostic techniques that provide insights in the structure of trabecular bone.

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