Radiologic technologists see patients from all walks of life. They are in a unique position of not only providing care for the patient’s current medical problems but also offering advice on preventive medicine. When a patient comes to the radiology department, should you suggest they speak with the doctor about a screening DXA osteoporosis test? Who is at greatest risk for fractures? What are the official recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force?
Paget disease of bone is a metabolic disorder in which there is an abnormality of bone remodeling. It was first described by Sir James Paget in 1877 with the name osteitis deformans. The condition results from a focal increase in the activity of osteoclasts and osteoblasts. In advanced stages of the disease, this can spread to involve larger parts of the bone. People afflicted with Pagets disease of bone develop enlarged deformities, particularly in weightbearing regions. Susceptibility to the disease is determined by genetic factors.
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