Understanding your Results: BONE QUALITY
The second page of your report will show you the FRAGILITY SCORE (FS) of your bones. This is an indicator of the QUALITY of your bone structure and is completely independent of your bone density readings.
Again the illustration is in the traffic-light format so easy to understand and interpret. You will receive one graph for your hip and another for your lumbar spine.
The third page is your TOTAL RISK SCORE. This is a combination of bone mineral density measured on the first page of your report with bone toughness as above (FS), These two measurements give a composite estimate of likely fracture of the hip or spine in the next five years.
This is much more patient specific than the FRAX (shown on the previous results page) which, without the BMD, gives a population estimate of risk of fracture and the BMD is more refined, but as BMD is only part of bone health, it is not the whole answer.
The fourth page of the report is your FRAX Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. This new REMS / FS rating is the best available estimate of fracture risk as it takes into consideration all the FRAX components plus BMD plus bone toughness. The output is a 10-year probability of hip or lumbar fracture and the 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture; clinical spine, forearm, hip or shoulder fracture
We, at Osteoscan UK, have the first device in the UK offering this service in a medically-lead, holistic through the NHS's DEXA scans.
The fifth, and final, page are images of the scanned areas so you can see where the readings were taken.