MRI assessment of bone structure and microarchitecture.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Osteoporosis is a disease of weak bone and increased fracture risk caused by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue. The standard-of-care test used to diagnose osteoporosis, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) estimation of areal bone mineral density (BMD), has limitations as a tool to identify patients at risk for fracture and as a tool to monitor therapy response. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assessment of bone structure and microarchitecture has been proposed as another method to assess bone quality and fracture risk in vivo. MRI is advantageous because it is noninvasive, does not require ionizing radiation, and can evaluate both cortical and trabecular bone. In this review article, we summarize and discuss research progress on MRI of bone structure and microarchitecture over the last decade, focusing on in vivo translational studies. Single-center, in vivo studies have provided some evidence for the added value of MRI as a biomarker of fracture risk or treatment response. Larger, prospective, multicenter studies are needed in the future to validate the results of these initial translational studies.

Level of evidence

5 Technical Efficacy: Stage 5 J. MAGN. RESON. IMAGING 2017;46:323-337.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chang, G; Boone, S; Martel, D; Rajapakse, CS; Hallyburton, RS; Valko, M; Honig, S; Regatte, RR

Published Date

  • August 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 323 - 337

PubMed ID

  • 28165650

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5690546

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-2586

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1053-1807

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jmri.25647


  • eng