The Task Force did not recommend a specific screening test. However, bone densitometry, also known as DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry), is currently an accepted and widely available method for measuring bone density.
Women at higher than average risk for osteoporotic fractures should begin screening at age 60, the Task Force reports in the latest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The USPSTF has no recommendation for or against screening postmenopausal women younger than age 60.
| Women at above average risk for osteoporotic fractures should begin screening at age 60.
| Annals of Internal Medicine |
It says there are no studies evaluating the optimal intervals for screening, the appropriate age to stop screening, or treating women older than 85.
In 1996, the USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine osteoporosis screening for postmenopausal women.