Cardiac CT shows bone mineral density difference among races

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

July 19, 2021 -- Cardiac CT scans can detect significant bone mineral density variation among different races and ethnicities, according to research presented at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2021 annual meeting.

Researchers led by Dr. Khadije Ahmad from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in California found in a study of 6,814 people that Black male and female subjects had significantly higher bone mineral density at all ages relative to other races. They also found that the density levels in white subjects were significantly lower in both sexes and age groups compared with Black and Hispanic individuals.

Density levels were found to be consistently highest in the Black subjects, followed by Hispanic, Chinese Americans, and then white subjects.

The researchers said these results are in line with existing literature that used dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scans to investigate the same concept.


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