Study: Dental X-rays can help pick up osteoporosis

12/1/2004 | MSNBC

Panoramic X-rays used for dental purposes can have the added benefit of helping doctors screen women for osteoporosis, a new study says. The X-rays can show low skeletal bone mineral density in the jaw, and researchers in Japan found dental X-rays for women who otherwise had no symptoms of osteoporosis were just as sensitive as questionnaires in determining which patients were likely to have early stages of the disease.

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