“Assessment of Vertebral Fracture Risk for First Time Liver Transplant Candidates”
The Investigators hypothesize that VFA+ DXA is as effective in evaluation of asymptotic vertebral fractures compared to the current gold standard of spine x-ray. In addition, bone turnover markers in transplant patients are unknown. The investigators want to investigate bone turnover markers (Beta CTX and P1NP) as markers of bone health in patients listed for liver transplant.
Radiation - Thoracic spine X-Ray
All participants will receive above interventions, in addition to their standard of care. Additionally, 15 patients will undergo CT scan of the lumbar spine at baseline and 1 year follow.
Assessment of Vertebral Fracture Risk Using VFA and Vertebral Strength Assessment With DXA-Finite Element Analysis in Liver Transplant Recipients in Pretransplant Period