Two-year BMD screen questioned

Older women with normal bone mineral density (BMD) and no risk factors for osteoporosis may only need to be screened every 15 years, according to new research that challenges Australia’s current two-year screening recommendation.

The study of almost 5,000 women aged 67 and over, with normal BMD and no history of fracture of the hip or vertebrae, found that performing dual x-ray energy absorptiometry (DEXA) every 15 years would see one in 10 developing osteoporosis.

Five yearly screening for women with moderate