Osteoporosis is a major European health problem. Diagnosis is primarily by bone densitometry but access to this is limited. Dental radiography is readily available; radiographs can be used as an indicator of low bone density. We aim to investigate the efficacy of dental radiographic indices in identifying patients with low bone density. We will recruit 600 per menopausal women who will undergo bone densitometry to establish their osteoporosis status, and dental radiography. Dental radiographs will be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively using manual and computerised methods to deliver a range of radiographic data. The validity of each radiographic index in diagnosis of osteoporosis will be measured using Reanalysis. This will allow us to devise recommendations to dentists on appropriate criteria for referral to medical colleagues for bone densitometry.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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