Bone Density Testing

We do DEXA Scans

Bone density tests are done to determine if a patient has Osteoporosis - a disorder that is characterized by fragile bones that may be more likely to break.

A bone density test is simple and uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and sometimes the forearm. Bone density tests are easy, fast and painless.

Why is it done?

  • To identify if bones are fragile to prevent breaks or determine if patient is at risk
  • To confirm or monitor osteoporosis

Why might you need a test?

Osteoporosis is more common in older females than males, but regardless of sex and age, your doctor may recommend a bone density test if you have:

  • Lost height
  • fractured a bone
  • taken certain drugs
  • received a transplant
  • had a drop in hormone levels

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