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Bone Density Scans

  • A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. NOF recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA machine to diagnose osteoporosis. DXA stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.

  • You can find out whether you have osteoporosis or if you should be concerned about your bones by getting a bone density test. Some people also call it a bone mass measurement test.

  • This test uses a machine to measure your bone density. It estimates the amount of bone in your hip, spine and sometimes other bones. Your test result will help your healthcare provider make recommendations to help you protect your bones.

  • Are you a postmenopausal woman or man age 50 and older? Have you recently broken a bone? If you answered “yes” to both questions, you should talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about getting a bone density test if you’ve never had one.

When you know you should  have a Bone Density Scan

  • Smokers

  • Post-menopausal females

  • Anyone who has been on steroid treatments for longer than 3 months

  • Anyone with a thyroid disease

  • Anyone with a history of bone fractures an adult

  • People with thin body stature, low calcium intake or decreased physical activity

  • Anyone who uses caffeine excessively

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