Quantitative ultrasound for bone density measurement

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #11.

This report has been prepared in view of the increasing interest in ultrasound technology for diagnosis of osteoporosis. Until recently, quantitative ultrasound (QUS) was mainly being used in research settings. This procedure is still not covered by provincial fee schedules. The recent FDA pre-marketing approvals of the Hologic Sahara and Lunar Achilles devices for general use in the diagnosis of osteoporosis can be expected to increase interest in the use of this technology by both consumers and healthcare providers.

The issues addressed in this report include the current status of quantitative ultrasound technology, its performance and predictive value compared to x-ray based technologies, availability of machines, and issues related to its use in Canada.


NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents produced in and prior to 2006 have different formats; the format was determined by the agency for which the document was produced.

Publication Type: Health Technology Assessments /
Systematic Reviews

Year of Publication: 1998

Topics: Diagnosis

Authors: Joanne Homik, David Hailey

ISBN (print): 1-896956-11-4

ISSN: 1704-1090

ISSN (online): 1704-1104