Barriers to providing dual energy x-ray absorptiometry services to individuals with spinal cord injury

Leslie R. Morse, Andrew Geller, Ricardo A. Battaglino, Kelly L. Stolzmann, Kirby Matthess, Antonio A. Lazzari, Eric Garshick

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To assess barriers to bone mineral density testing in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury, a cross-sectional study of 20 individuals with spinal cord injury was conducted with assessment of physical and logistical barriers to dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scanning. We identified several barriers, including scanner design and configuration in the scanning room that limited accessibility, increased typical scanning time, and made additional staff necessary. For dual energy x-ray absorptiometry to become a routine component of ongoing care in spinal cord injury medicine, we recommend the following changes: (1) install ceilingmounted hydraulic lifts and grab bars to facilitate transfers in the scanning room; (2) increase staffing during scans; (3) increase time allotment for scans; (4) install the scanner in an adequately-sized room; and (5) partner with administrators and staff to raise awareness of access issues faced by individuals with spinal cord injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone mineral density
  • Fracture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal cord injury


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