Objectives To determine t-score values which should be applied for the screening of osteoporosis in postmenoapusal women when using a peripheral os calcis densitometer (PIXI).
Methods Heel bone mineral density (BMD) was measured in 81 postmenopausal women with a PIXI densitometer (LUNAR). Results (t-score values) were classified according to the WHO definition and to the manufacturer recommendations (LUNAR): normal >-0,6; osteopenia from -0,6 to -1,6 and osteoporosis <-1,6. Hip BMD measurements (DEXA) were used as to compare the results.
Conclusion False-negative results for osteoporosis become reduced when t-score classification recommended by the manufacturer are used as cut-off points in heel densitometry. An accurate collection of osteoporosis risk factors can help to identify those patients with hip osteoporosis among patients with heel osteopenia.
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