Have your say: Draft of charity’s new DXA reporting standards out for consultation

30 Nov 2018

The National Osteoporosis Society has updated guidance on best practice for reporting DXA scans. The new guidance supports healthcare professionals reporting axial DXA scans to meet standards outlined in Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures.

The document describes the reporting of DXA measurements of the proximal femur and lumbar spine in adults within the context of fracture risk assessment. Additional components of a comprehensive fracture risk assessment, such as vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) scanning and detailed clinical risk factor profiles, are also considered.

The new guidance combines two documents previously produced by the charity:

  • 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.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional or a member of the public, we’d love to hear your comments on the draft.

Please submit your comments using the consultation response form, linked below.

Download the draft

Response form

Forms should be returned to a.thurston@nos.org.uk by Sunday 6 January 2019.

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