The importance of three different sites assessment for osteoporosis evaluation and diagnosis


  • João Antônio Macedo Santana
  • Sara de Melo Macedo Santana
  • Ângela Cristina Gomes Borges Leal
  • Rita Acácia Araujo Barbosa
  • Larissa da Silva Doria



Osteoporosis, clinical densitometry, diagnosis


The aim of this study was to perform a retrospective review of 2.115 females patients that were submitted to the bone density measurements not only in the two standard lumbar spine and femoral sites recommended by WHO, IOF and ISCD, but, including also, the forearm site in the evaluation and diagnosis of osteoporosis.The tests were performed on equipment Hologic Discovery W and GE Prodigy showing proper readings for the mentioned sites. 646 of the 705 patients studied over fifty years of age were selected and the prevalence of osteoporosis according to age group was also determined.The results shows: Normals 26%, 40% 34% osteopenia and osteoporosis. 34% of the group with osteoporosis shows that the addition of the forearm site determines an increase of more than 9%, meaning that 100 patients with osteoporosis, more than nine would be missed, and that the prevalence of osteoporosis in the group aged from 50 to 59 was 21%, from 60 to 69 was 33% and to 70 years old age ahead was 55%. This study supports the conclusion that importance of including the forearm site in the evaluation and diagnosis of patients with suspicion and diagnosis of osteoporosis, as well as demonstrate the prevalence of osteoporosis occurs with increasing age, and according to the literature.


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A capacidade do sítio da densitometria do antebraço predizer fraturas em qual- quer sítio da mulher se apresenta tão boa quanto a de outros sítios.

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How to Cite

SANTANA, J. A. M.; SANTANA, S. de M. M.; LEAL, Ângela C. G. B.; BARBOSA, R. A. A.; DORIA, L. da S. The importance of three different sites assessment for osteoporosis evaluation and diagnosis. Journal Archives of Health, [S. l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 606–613, 2023. DOI: 10.46919/archv4n2-022. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 jun. 2024.