Simon Winther

Feasibility of Opportunistic Screening for Low Thoracic Bone Mineral Density in Patients Referred for Routine Cardiac CT

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Despite being a frequent and treatable disease, osteoporosis remains under-diagnosed worldwide. Our study aim was to characterize the bone mineral density (BMD) status in a group of patients with symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease (CAD) with low/intermediate risk profile undergoing routine cardiac computed tomography (CT) to rule out CAD. This cross-sectional study used prospectively acquired data from a large consecutively included cohort. Participants were referred for cardiac CT based on symptoms of CAD. Quantitative CT (QCT) dedicated software was used to obtain BMD measurements in 3 vertebrae starting from the level of the left main coronary artery. We used the American College of Radiology cut-off values for lumbar spine QCT to categorize patients into very low (<80 mg/cm3), low (80-120 mg/cm3), or normal BMD (>120 mg/cm3). Analyses included 1487 patients. Mean age was 57 years (range 40-80), and 52% were women. The number of patients with very low BMD was 105 women (14%, 105/773) and 74 men (10%, 74/714). The majority of patients with very low BMD was not previously diagnosed with osteoporosis (87%) and received no anti-osteoporotic treatment (90%). Opportunistic screening in patients referred for cardiac CT revealed a substantial number of patients with very low BMD. The majority of these patients was not previously diagnosed with osteoporosis and received no anti-osteoporotic treatment. Identification of these patients could facilitate initiation of anti-osteoporotic treatment and reduce the occurrence of osteoporosis-related complications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Densitometry
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Bone density, Cardiac computed tomography, Quantitative computed tomography

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