La radiologia medica

, Volume 117, Issue 8, pp 1347–1354 | Cite as

Quality assurance of imaging techniques used in the clinical management of osteoporosis

  • G. Guglielmi
  • J. Damilakis
  • G. Solomou
  • A. Bazzocchi
Musculoskeletal Radiology / Radiologia Muscolo-Scheletrica


Recent advances in the densitometric and imaging techniques involved in the management of osteoporosis are associated with increasing accuracy and precision as well as with higher exposure to ionising radiation. Therefore, special attention to quality assurance (QA) procedures is needed in this field. The development of effective and efficient QA programmes is mandatory to guarantee optimal image quality while reducing radiation exposure levels to the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable). In this review article, the basic QA procedures are discussed for the techniques applied to everyday clinical practice.


Osteoporosis Bone densitometry DXA QCT QUS Bone structure 

Controllo di qualità delle tecniche di imaging nella gestione clinica dell’osteoporosi


I recenti progressi nelle tecniche di densitometria e di imaging nella diagnosi dell’osteoporosi sono associati ad una crescente accuratezza e precisione cosÌ come ad una maggiore esposizione a radiazioni ionizzanti. In questo campo è pertanto richiesta una particolare attenzione alle procedure di controllo di qualità (Quality Assurance, QA). Lo sviluppo di programmi di QA efficaci ed efficienti è necessario al fine di garantire una qualità dell’immagine ottimale e al contempo di ridurre i livelli di esposizione alle radiazioni secondo il principio ALARA (cioè al livello più basso ragionevolmente ottenibile). In questa review sono trattate le procedure base di QA per le metodiche di imaging adoperate nella pratica clinica quotidiana.

Parole chiave

Osteoporosi Densitometria ossea DXA QCT QUS Struttura ossea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Guglielmi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 7
  • J. Damilakis
    • 3
    • 4
  • G. Solomou
    • 3
    • 4
  • A. Bazzocchi
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyScientific Institute “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” HospitalSan Giovanni Rotondo (FG)Italy
  3. 3.Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklion, CreteGreece
  4. 4.Department of Medical PhysicsUniversity Hospital of HeraklionHeraklion, CreteGreece
  5. 5.Imaging Division, Clinical Department of Radiological and Histocytopathological SciencesUniversity of Bologna, Sant’Orsola, Malpighi HospitalBolognaItaly
  6. 6.Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology“Rizzoli” Orthopaedic InstituteBolognaItaly
  7. 7.Department of RadiologyUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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