Arch Osteoporos (2017) 12: 71 DOI 10.1007/s11657-017-0363-y ORIGINAL ARTICLE Reporting of vertebral fragility fractures: can radiologists help reduce the number of hip fractures? 1 2 3 4 5 R. M. Mitchell & P. Jewell & M. K. Javaid & D. McKean & S. J. Ostlere Received: 20 December 2016 /Accepted: 24 July 2017 /Published online: 7 August 2017 The Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication Abstract thoracic and/or lumbar spine in the previous 6 years. All iden- Summary Patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures are at tified radiological images were re-examined for the presence increased risk of hip fracture. In a cohort of hip fracture pa- of VFFs using the Genant semi-quantitative method. tients, many had previous imaging studies showing incidental Results Seven hundred and thirty-two patients over the age of vertebral fractures. Fifty-four percent of fractures were not 50 with a hip fracture in 2013 were identified. One hundred reported by the radiologist, highlighting a missed opportunity and fifty-seven patients had previously undergone a radiolog- for diagnosing and treating osteoporosis, thereby preventing ical procedure involving the spine, and VFFs were identified further fractures. in 65/157 (41%). Of these, only 30/65 (46%) were reported by Purpose Patients
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Published: Aug 7, 2017
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