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Draft reporting standards feedback request

19 December, 2018

An updated guidance document from the National Osteoporosis Society about the reporting of DXA scans is out for consultation, and member’s comments are welcome.

The guidance describes the reporting of DXA measurements of the proximal femur and lumbar spine in adults within the context of fracture risk assessment. Vertebral fracture assessment scanning and detailed clinical risk factor profiles are also considered.

It supports healthcare professionals reporting axial DXA scans to meet standards outlined in Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures.

The new guidance combines two previous documents:

  • Position Statement on the reporting of dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) bone mineral density scans, published June 2011
  • A structure for reporting dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans at the hip and spine in adults, published October 2012

The final guidance is expected to be available in February 2019.

The Society is encouraging members to reply to the document independently, no later than Sunday, 6 January.

If you would prefer to have your comments submitted within the Society’s response, please send them to Lynda Johnson by Thursday, 3 January.

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