Bone Densitometry

How We Can Help

Bone density testing is the most accurate way to assess bone health, and early diagnosis can make a difference in a patient's life. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for all women over the age of 65, and testing for women under 65 who have one or more risk factors such as:

  • Age
  • Fair Skin
  • Small Bone Structure
  • Low Body Weight
  • Early Menopause
  • Low Calcium Intake
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Certain Long-term Medications (consult with a doctor)
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Family History of Osteoporosis

A simple, safe, and painless test, called a "DEXA," (which stands for Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) provides a precise measurement of bone density. DEXA tests use an ultra-low dose X-ray to scan and measure bone mineral density at various parts of the body, usually the spine and hips. The test will provide a "T" score, which indicates if a patient is as low, medium, or high risk of osteoporosis.

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