Due the importance of diagnosis precocious of osteoporosis, this study carried out the comparison of two conventional radiological methods for the evaluation of bone density in postmenopausal women. X-ray images of panoramic and carpal were selected, corresponding to 68 women between 49 and 80 years old, obtained at the Clinic of Dental Radiology, for holding dental implant. The interpretation of bone density in jaw on panoramic radiography was the method to determine mandibular cortical thickness. The carpal radiography was evaluated for the radiogrammetry method. It was concluded that there was a correlation between low bone density observed in the mandibular panoramic radiography with low bone density on carpal radiography.
KEY WORDS: Radiogrammetry; Carpal radiography; Mandibular cortical thickness; Panoramic radiography; Bone density.