A normative reference database study for Pronosco X-posure System™

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  • Cortical width from radiographs has been used for more than 40 yr as a means of estimating bone strength. In the last 5-10 yr, increased availability of computers and the development of automated algorithms for image assessment have led to an increased interest in radiogrammetry. In this study, we examined a new radiogrammetry device, the Pronosco X-posure System™, which estimates bone mineral density (BMD) from forearm/hand radiographs. We obtained hand and forearm radiographs and performed dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at the wrist and hip on 832 women ages 20-79 at four clinical centers across the United States. We then used the X-posure System to estimate BMD (DXR-BMD). The goal of the study was to establish reference ranges for the method and to compare the measurement to DXA measurements of BMD at the wrist and hip. Using statistical models, we estimated that the peak value for DXR-BMD occurred at age 38 (mean = 0.598 g/cm2, standard deviation = 0.034 g/cm2). The correlation between DXR-BMD and DXA was 0.90 at the wrist and 0.61 at the hip. The relationship of DXR-BMD to reported history of fracture was of similar magnitude to that for DXA at the wrist and hip. The strong correlation of DXR-BMD from the X-posure System with DXA at the wrist from the Hologic machine suggests that the X-posure System may be an alternative to DXA at the wrist for the assessment of osteoporosis.
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  • Black DM; Palermo L; Sørensen T; Jørgensen JT; Lewis C; Tylavsky F; Wallace R; Harris E; Cummings SR
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