Journal article

Do Australian women have greater spinal bone density than North American women?

L Flicker, R Green, B Kaymakci, M Lichtenstein, G Buirski, JD Wark

Osteoporosis International | Published : 1995


The interpretation of bone mineral densitometry results for a particular individual relies on valid reference data from a representative population sample. To establish local reference data, 411 Australian female volunteers had bone mineral densitometry performed at a single medical centre at the proximal femur and lumbar spine using a Hologic QDR 1000-W dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer. These data were compared with reference material from North American women compiled by Hologic. The Australian volunteers had, on average, 7% greater bone mineral density at the lumbar spine for the age range 25-55 years. Possible explanations for this include an actual population difference or the presence ..

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