What is FRAX?
Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) is a computerized tool used by some healthcare providers as part of the decision-making process to determine the need for osteoporosis treatment. The tool is used in the management of postmenopausal women and men age 50 and older with untreated osteoporosis or low bone mass.
How is FRAX used by healthcare providers to help with treatment decisions?
FRAX uses the BMD T-score from the hip and assesses several risk factors to determine an individual’s 10-year probability of a hip fracture or a major fracture related to osteoporosis. The NOF guidelines recommend treatment for individuals who have FRAX results indicating a 10 year probability of a hip fracture equal to or greater than 3% or a 10 year probability of a major osteoporosis-related fracture equal to or greater than 20%.