BMD interpretation mistakes - case 10

A 53 year old female had emphysema, but no bone symptoms. Her physician obtained a bone density which alarmed both the patient and physician, prompting a referral. This printout, which did not photocopy very well, was the best I could obtain. The radiologist's report said:

"The calculated mean bone mineral density is 81.5 mg/cc. This is 57% below the level of young normals and calculates to a T-score of -4.0. This is in the range of osteoporosis by W.H.O criteria and represents a high fracture risk, estimated at 16-24 times that of young normals."

Updated 8/8/05