We performed an investigation to see whether radiogrammetry of the II metacarpal bone can predict low bone mass in the elderly, as defined by lumbar and femural DXA. 62 elderly women, aged 65-90, were studied at our Bone Clinic, receiving a thorough instrumental screening for osteoporosis, including lumbar and femural densitometry by DXA and a standard hand X-ray. Radiogrammetric measurements predict low bone mass of the lumbar spine and femural neck with a sensitivity of 84% and 81%, respectively. Specificity was unexpectedly poor (60% at most). Our data suggest that radiogrammetry may be useful as a screening technique for type II osteoporosis. It could be an option when time, cost, lack of technical machinery and expertise, and physical disability limit the access of elderly to standard bone densitometry.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Italian Journal of Mineral and Electrolyte Metabolism|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1996|
- metacarpal index
- senile osteoporosis
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