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Simple Ultrasound Exam May Predict Osteoporosis Risk, Lausanne University Hospital Study Finds


6/24/2008 7:53:39 AM

EurekAlert -- An ultrasound exam of the heel may be able to predict if a woman is at heightened risk for fractures due to osteoporosis, according to a new multicenter study being published in the July issue of the journal Radiology. Along with certain risk factors, including age or recent fall, radiation-free ultrasound of the heel may be used to better select women who need further bone density testing, such as a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) exam.

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