Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Doctor's Response to Research on Dexa Scans

My doctor’s response to information on the lack of value for dexa scans is a model for good medicine.

I sent her these three links to studies of bone fractures and bone density:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJM199503233321202  bone brittleness in white women

http://press.endocrine.org/doi/full/10.1210/jc.2004-1568 bone fracture in women without osteoporosis

http://www.bmj.com/content/315/7102/221 -- bone density and risk of hip fracture in men and women

Here is her response:

Dear Lois,
Thank you so much for all the information you’ve sent!  It confirms what I’ve suspected and I’ll be sharing it with my colleagues.  I appreciate the detective work you’ve done – I am lucky to learn from patients like you.

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