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October 24/31, 2001

Who Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis?

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(16):1970-1971. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.1969

To the Editor: Ms Cadarette and colleagues1 evaluated 4 decision rules to determine who should be screened for osteoporosis by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). It is important to screen women at risk for osteoporosis because of the marked increase in morbidity and mortality associated with this disease, but also not to screen those women at low risk because of the increased cost.

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