Bone Density (DEXA)
Osteoporosis means "porous bones".
An osteoporosis screening (Dexa Scan) measures the amount of bone mineral content in certain areas of the body. The advanced fan beam technology measures the spine and both hips. Your bone mineral density (BMD) is then compared to reference standards to determine if you are at risk for fractures. Low bone density is usually caused by osteoporosis resulting in reduced bone strength or "brittle bones".
Beginning at age 50, the AMA recommends having a baseline screening. The test calculates your bone mineral density and translates this value into a number. This number can be compared to your subsequent scans to determine the effects of osteoporosis on your body.
The bone density test is painless and uses a very low-dose of radiation.
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