January 2, 2011
Dear Dr. Harry:
On January 2, 2011, we performed a DEXA bone mineral density test on your patient, Debra Jones. The indications for the study were corticosteroid use. The scan was performed utilizing a Hologic QDR-4500W machine. The technical quality of the study was good. The regions of interest of the scan were the lumbar spine and the left hip.
In brief, the important findings include the following: the total bone mineral density, the corresponding T-score and the corresponding Z-score.
|Total Left Hip
|Left Femoral Neck
The T-Score compares to the patient’s bone mineral density (BMD) to the peak bone mass of young normal female; the lower the number, the greater the loss of bone.
INTERPRETATION OF THE INITIAL BONE MINERAL DENSITY TEST:
1. Bone mass measured by DEXA of the left femoral neck is slightly below expected range for age per the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.
1. A healthy lifestyle, including smoking cessation, reduction of alcohol and caffeine intake.
2. Positive calcium balance with daily calcium doses of 1000-1500 mg daily and vitamin D intake of 800-1000 IU daily.
3. Given that this patient would be on long-term corticosteroids for polymyalgia rheumatica, it is reasonable to start a prophylactic bisphosphonate.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to telephone me.
David Jones, M.D.
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