Vol 71, No 6 (2020)
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Bone densitometry by radiofrequency echographic multi-spectrometry (REMS) in acromegaly patients

Małgorzata Rolla1, Jowita Halupczok-Żyła1, Aleksandra Jawiarczyk-Przybyłowska1, Marek Bolanowski1
Pubmed: 32944924
Endokrynol Pol 2020;71(6):524-531.


Introduction: Radiofrequency echographic multi-spectrometry (REMS) is a recently introduced non-ionising technology employed in the evaluation of osteoporosis. The aim of our study was to compare bone mineral density (BMD) in acromegaly patients and healthy controls by performing novel REMS densitometry. The second objective was to analyse the correlation between results of REMS and classical dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in acromegaly patients.

Material and methods: We enrolled 33 patients with acromegaly (AG) and 24 controls (CG). The acromegaly patients were divided into two subgroups: well-controlled acromegaly (WCA) and surgery-cured acromegaly (SCA). REMS was performed in all participants, while DXA was performed only in the acromegaly group. IGF-I and GH levels were measured in acromegaly patients.

Results: Bone mineral density of the lumbar spine (LS) and the femoral neck (FN) obtained from REMS did not reveal significant differences between AG, CG, WCA, and SCA. Similarly, there were no significant differences in BMD measured by DXA at the LS and at the FN between WCA and SCA. Significant positive correlations between IGF-I concentrations and BMD obtained from both REMS and DXA were detected in the AG and WCA. In the AG and WCA, there were positive correlations between T-scores and LS BMD obtained from both methods.

Conclusions: Radiofrequency echographic multi-spectrometry is a potential method in assessment of bone status in acromegaly. Further studies with participation of active disease patients are needed. 

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