Talk to your doctor about having a fracture risk assessment. There are two tools that you and your doctor can use. To use the tool, click the image below which will redirect you to the calculation tool.
In addition to femoral neck (hip) BMD, age, gender, fracture history and steroid use, FRAX also takes into account other clinical risk factors to calculate the absolute 10-year risk of a hip fracture or other major osteoporotic fracture (spine, forearm, upper arm).
In 2005, Osteoporosis Canada, in association with the Canadian Association of Radiologists, launched the 10-year absolute fracture risk assessment – CAROC.
In addition to BMD (lowest T-score of hip and lumbar spine), age, gender, fracture history and steroid use are taken into consideration to determine an individual’s 10-year risk of fracture.
The presence of both a fragility fracture and steroid use puts the patient at high fracture risk regardless of BMD result.
Version 2, now available for Canadian physicians, uses only femoral neck (hip) BMD rather than the lowest of hip and lumbar spine.
Learn more about the CAROC tool here.