Osteoporosis Screening in Young Postmenopausal Women: Insights from the Women’s Health Initiative

Session approved for 1 ASRT Category A Credit
Session approved for up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

This session duration is 50 minutes.

This session will focus on osteoporosis screening in young postmenopausal women. Valuable contributions to this field were provided by the large prospective Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Study conducted at 40 clnical centers across the U.S.. Best evidence regarding potential pearls and pitfalls of osteoporosis risk assessment strategies for young postmenopausal women will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current osteoporosis screening guidelines for young postmenopausal women
  • Recognize potential pears and pitfalls of formal osteoprosis risk assessment strategies.
  • Implement a clinical "take home" approach regarding osteoporosis screening for young postmenopausal women

Carolyn J. Crandall, MD, CCD

Professor of Medicine

David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Crandall is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed her M.D. degree, her internal medicine residency, and her Master of Science in Clinical Research degree at UCLA. Dr. Crandall has been on faculty at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center at UCLA since the clinic’s opening in 1995. In addition to providing osteoporosis consultations, frequently lectures to physicians and medical students regarding osteoporosis . She is an International Society for Clinical Densitometry-certified clinical densitometrist (CCD). Dr. Crandall has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters. Most of her research focuses on osteoporosis epidemiology and osteoporosis screening strategies among postmenopausal women. Her sentinel work in this area includes comparing the ability of the various risk calculators to distinguish between women who do and do not experience fractures in the subsequent 10 years, as well as comparing the ability of the risk calculators to distinguish between women who do and do not have osteoporosis on bone density testing. Most recently, she published a nationwide U.S. study that compared baseline and serial bone mineral density scans for predicting incident fractures among postmenopausal women. She was lead author of an Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) review regarding comparative safety and effectiveness of osteoporosis drug therapy. Dr. Crandall is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She was honored with a Mastership in the American College of Physicians. She is currently Vice-Chair of the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee. She sits on the Council (Board) of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. She is the Scientific Chair of the Women’s Health Initiative Study’s Bone Scientific Interest Group and serves on the Women’s Health Initiative Steering Committee.

Disclosures: No relationships to disclose.

Carey J. Field, MD (Moderator)

Chief of Rheumatology VAMC WRJ VT, Associate Program Director Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine VA Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont

I am Carey J Field, MD, Chief of Rheumatology at the VA Medical Center in WRJ, Vermont. I am the Associate Program Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Rheumatology Fellowship program, and am an Assistant professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. I am from NYC but have been enjoying living in Vermont, with all the wonderful beauty and outdoor pursuits this state has to offer, for the past 20 years.

Disclosures: No relationships to disclose.


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03/31/2022 at 10:10 AM (EDT)   |  50 minutes
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