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Quantitative ultrasound and dual-energy x ray absorptiometry in bone status assessment of ex-preterm infants
  1. M L Gianni1,
  2. S Mora2,
  3. P Roggero1,
  4. F Mosca1
  1. 1
    NICU, Institute of Paediatrics and Neonatology, Fondazione IRCCS ”Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena” University Medical School, Milan, Italy
  2. 2
    Laboratory of Paediatric Endocrinology, Scientific Institute H San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
  1. Dr M L Giannì, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Clinica Mangiagalli, IRCCS, University Medical School, Via Commenda 12, 20122 Milano, Italy; maria.gianni{at}


Preterm infants are at increased risk of low bone mass. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) is a non-invasive method for assessment of bone status. The application of QUS in a cohort of ex-preterm infants was investigated. This study suggests that QUS cannot be used as a surrogate for dual-energy x ray absorptiometry.

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  • Competing interests: None.