Study: Stomach CT Scans May Help Find Osteoporosis

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors can use a patient’s abdominal CT scans to also check for signs of osteoporosis. The researchers who published the findings, compared patient’s CT scans to their dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), which is traditionally used to diagnose osteoporosis.

Dr. Perry Pickhardt, professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, said “What we found is that there is pretty good correlation.” The finding provides doctors with a reason to use CT scans ordered for another reason, to also check for signs of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis affects over 12 million Americans over the age of 50.

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