New technology better predicts fracture risk

According to the Mayo Clinic most adults reach their peak bone mass by age 30.  Individuals with low bone mass may be at risk for osteoporosis.  Until now the measure of a person’s bone mass density (BMD) using a DXA scanner was the only way to assess them for osteoporosis and fracture risk.  50% of patients with fractures don’t show low bone mass.

However bone densitometry screenings may soon have an extra layer of technology to measure not only bone density but bone strength as well.    Dr. Michele McDermott, Menopause and Osteoporosis specialist, discusses the new TBS (trabecular bone score) software with KXANs Erin Cargile in the interview above.