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Challenges and opportunities for quality densitometry

in Latin America

Sergio Setsuo Maeda1,2 & Ramiro Da Silva LLibre3,4 & Henrique Pierotti Arantes2,5 & Guilherme Cardenaz de Souza2,6 &Francisco Fidencio Cons Molina4,7 & Diana Wiluzanski4,8 & Jorge Antonio Cedeño Taborda4,9 &Claudia Campusano Montaño4,10 & Tatiana Maida Vargas4,11 & Guillermo Luis Feldmann Lopez4,12 & Luis Vidal Neira4,13 &Gustavo Adolfo Molina Uribe4,14 & Daniel Salica4,15 & Ascanio Rafael Bencosme4,16 & Sonia Cerdas Perez4,17 &Carlos Ramón Rios Acosta4,18 & John J. Carey19,20 & João Lindolfo Cunha Borges2,21

Archives of Osteoporosis (2021) 16:23https://doi.org/10.1007/s11657-021-00892-y

LatinAmerica and the Caribbean region account for 8% of the world’s total population. Experts from 18 countries were invited to contribute to this article to provide the best available data on the number, types, and quality of densitometry, DXA experts, the

local/national incidence and prevalence of osteoporosis and fragility fractures, and other uses and information on the challenges and opportunities for quality densitometry with examples of local initiatives. Osteoporosis is the primary reason for densitometry

in our region, which is not a priority for public health in most countries. Access and quality are major challenges, and there is a clear trend to concentrate on densitometry services in the largest cities. Urgent action is needed to face the rapidly increasing

burden of osteoporosis in our region, including robust and up to date epidemiology, access to health professionals, and quality densitometry. Health professionals require better access to training, courses, and other activities at a more local or regional level.