Mineral content of bone: Measurement by energy subtraction digital chest radiography

Academic Article


  • Several methods are presently available for measuring the mineral content of bone. Those in widespread use include dual-photon absorptiometry and quantitative CT. The feasibility of using dual-energy digital chest radiography for determination of the mineral content of posterior ribs on digital chest images was studied by using a prototype unit. The results showed a significant difference in the mineral density of the posterior ribs of control subjects and those of patients who had osteoporosis (25.1 ± 36 mg Ca2+/cm2 of rib vs 158.8 ± 48 mg Ca2+/cm2, p ≤ .01) and a close correlation with values obtained by dual-photon absorptiometry of the lumbar spine (r=.77). The results suggest that this technique can provide an accurate assessment of the presence or absence of osteoporosis
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  • Friedman SE; Dubovsky EV; Dubovsky J; Alexander CB; Robinson CA; Sabbagh EA; Barnes GT; Fraser RG
  • Start Page

  • 1199
  • End Page

  • 1202
  • Volume

  • 149
  • Issue

  • 6