Bone Density

A bone density scan, also known as a DEXA scan, is a type of low-dose x-ray test that measures calcium and other minerals in your bones. The measurement helps show the strength and thickness (known as bone density or mass) of your bones.

Bone Density Scans are used for:

  • Diagnose osteopenia (low bone mass)
  • Diagnose osteoporosis
  • Predict risk of future fractures
  • See if treatment for osteoporosis is working

Why do I need a bone density scan?

Most women age 65 or older should have a bone density scan. Women in this age group are at high risk for losing bone density, which can lead to fractures. You may also be at risk for low bone density if you:

  • Have a very low body weight
  • Have had one or more fractures after the age of 50
  • Have lost a half inch or more in height within one year
  • Are a man over the age of 70
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis

Other risk factors include:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Heavy drinking
  • Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet

To discuss Bone Density Testing, contact our office at the number above.