International atomic energy agency dual energy x ray absorptiometry for bone mineral density and body composition assessment iaea human health series no 15 iaea vienna 2011. Dual energy x ray absorptiometry dxa or formerly dexa is a technique used to measure bone mineral density bmd the preferred regions for bmd measurement are lumbar spine proximal femur and whole body. Dual energy x ray absorptiometry for bone mineral density and body composition assessment iaea human health series no 15 2011 118 pp international atomic energy agency vienna austria this publication provides information on the theoretical background as well as the practical application of dual energy x ray absorptiometry to measure bone . Introduction dual energy x ray absorptiometry dxa is indispensable for clinical practice in osteoporosis dxa is the reference method for measuring bone mineral density bmd at the lumbar spine and proximal femur however bone strength mostly reflects the integration of bone density and bone quality
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