Simple tool shows who can avoid BMD tests

A simple osteoporosis screening tool based on age and weight can identify low risk patients who do not need BMD testing, a study by GPs in Western Australia has shown.

The Osteoporosis Self Assessment Screening Tool (OST) was just as effective as the more complicated ‘FRAX without BMD’ screening tool in predicting which patients it would be safe to recommend omitting BMD testing,