The Use of FRAX® in DXA Interpretation

  • S. M. Ploof
  • S. Wuertzer
  • Leon Lenchik
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The World Health Organization (WHO) recently developed a fracture risk algorithm (FRAX®) that has fundamentally changed how clinical Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) scans are interpreted. The impact of FRAX on the community of clinicians who diagnose and treat patients with osteoporosis almost rivals the introduction of the T-score two decades ago. We review the clinical utility of FRAX in this chapter and show how our practice of DXA interpretation and reporting has changed with its introduction.


Bone Mineral Density Fracture Risk Osteoporotic Fracture Clinical Risk Factor Femoral Neck Bone Mineral Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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