Trabecular bone score (TBS)--a novel method to evaluate bone microarchitectural texture in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May;98(5):1963-70. doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-4255. Epub 2013 Mar 22.


Context: In the milder form of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), cancellous bone, represented by areal bone mineral density at the lumbar spine by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), is preserved. This finding is in contrast to high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HRpQCT) results of abnormal trabecular microstructure and epidemiological evidence for increased overall fracture risk in PHPT. Because DXA does not directly measure trabecular bone and HRpQCT is not widely available, we used trabecular bone score (TBS), a novel gray-level textural analysis applied to spine DXA images, to estimate indirectly trabecular microarchitecture.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess TBS from spine DXA images in relation to HRpQCT indices and bone stiffness in radius and tibia in PHPT.

Design and setting: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in a referral center.

Patients: Participants were 22 postmenopausal women with PHPT.

Main outcome measures: Outcomes measured were areal bone mineral density by DXA, TBS indices derived from DXA images, HRpQCT standard measures, and bone stiffness assessed by finite element analysis at distal radius and tibia.

Results: TBS in PHPT was low at 1.24, representing abnormal trabecular microstructure (normal ≥1.35). TBS was correlated with whole bone stiffness and all HRpQCT indices, except for trabecular thickness and trabecular stiffness at the radius. At the tibia, correlations were observed between TBS and volumetric densities, cortical thickness, trabecular bone volume, and whole bone stiffness. TBS correlated with all indices of trabecular microarchitecture, except trabecular thickness, after adjustment for body weight.

Conclusion: TBS, a measurement technology readily available by DXA, shows promise in the clinical assessment of trabecular microstructure in PHPT.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Aged
  • Bone Density
  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic / epidemiology
  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic / etiology*
  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic / pathology
  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic / physiopathology
  • Bone Resorption / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone Resorption / etiology*
  • Bone and Bones / chemistry
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone and Bones / pathology*
  • Chemical Phenomena
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / complications
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / pathology
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / physiopathology*
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / complications
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / epidemiology
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / pathology
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / physiopathology*
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / epidemiology
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / etiology
  • Prevalence
  • Risk
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed