Calcaneal quantitative ultrasound has a role in out ruling low bone mineral density in axial spondyloarthropathy

ConclusionsQUS of the calcaneus confidently out ruled low BMD in individuals with axSpA, reducing the need for onward DXA referral by up to 27%. QUS is promising as a non-invasive triage tool in the assessment of osteoporosis in adults with axSpA.Key Points•Osteoporosis is common in axial spondyloarthropathy (SpA), but evaluation of bone health is suboptimal in this population.•Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) of the calcaneus can out rule low bone mineral density in individuals with axial SpA, reducing the need for DXA assessment.•QUS is a promising non-invasive triage tool in the assessment of bone health in axial SpA.
Source: Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research

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