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Should Women Get Screening Bone Mass Measurements?

SUSAN OTT, M.D.
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Harborview Medical Center; Seattle, Washington


Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(6):874-876. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-874
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OSTEOPOROSIS, once considered a boring disease if considered at all, has now become fashionable. This new interest has led to greater patient education and more intensive research into the disease. The development of new methods of measuring bone mass has been a boon to researchers. However, there is a great temptation to over-interpret the results of these new techniques, especially when applied to an individual patient. Pressure comes both from worried patients who want to know if they will develop osteoporosis, and from those who would like to tap this large market for financial gain. It is important for physicians

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