Reference ranges for bone densitometers adopted Australia-wide : Geelong Osteoporosis Study

Henry, M. J., Pasco, J. A., Pocock, N. A., Nicholson, G. C. and Kotowicz, M. A. 2004, Reference ranges for bone densitometers adopted Australia-wide : Geelong Osteoporosis Study, Australasian radiology, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 473-475.

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Title Reference ranges for bone densitometers adopted Australia-wide : Geelong Osteoporosis Study
Author(s) Henry, M. J.
Pasco, J. A.
Pocock, N. A.
Nicholson, G. C.
Kotowicz, M. A.
Journal name Australasian radiology
Volume number 48
Issue number 4
Start page 473
End page 475
Total pages 3
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 0004-8461
1440-1673
1754-9477
1754-9485
Keyword(s) bone mineral density
osteoporosis
reference range
Summary Bone densitometry reports a measure of fracture risk in comparison with young adults (T-scores) and age-matched peers (Z-scores). To date, each manufacturer has provided its own reference range resulting in lack of uniformity. The Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society and Osteoporosis Australia have recognized the need to standardize the reference range and have recommended that data generated by the Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS) be used Australia-wide. The GOS recruited a random, population-based sample of adult women and measured bone mineral density (BMD) at the proximal femur and spine using a Lunar DPX-L. These data were used to establish reference ranges for Lunar machines and, using conversion equations, for Norland and Hologic machines. The new standardized Australian reference ranges for BMD will enable consistent diagnosis of osteoporosis and categorization of fracture risk across different types of densitometers.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042779

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