Bone Density Test
Bone density testing (otherwise known as bone densitometry) is a medical procedure designed to measure a person’s bone density or strength. The test is the most reliable indicator of osteoporosis (when bones become less dense, lose strength and break easily due to calcium loss) and osteopenia (a mild form of osteoporosis). It can also determine the likelihood of future bone fractures. A bone density scan may be recommended by your doctor following a poor result in a blood test measuring calcium levels or following a bone fracture.
When measuring bone density, it can be measured either in the entire
The most common method to measure bone mass is Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA). During the test, a person lies on a flat, padded table, remaining motionless while the machine’s ‘arm’ passes over the entire body or select areas. Whilst the measurement(s) is performed, an x-ray beam from below the table passes through the area being measured. The machine converts the information received into an image of the skeleton,
Your doctor may request you to have a bone density scan for a variety of reasons. These can include: suffering from osteoporosis or osteopenia, having a spinal deformity, having suffered a previous minimal trauma fracture, or long term use of certain medications such as steroids.
When you receive your results, your doctor will interpret them, explaining lifestyle and dietary changes which may improve it. For the novice, it can be difficult to interpret the results of a bone density scan, so here are a few things to guide you
Bone Density Test
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