When to have a Bone Density Test to Detect Osteoporosis

Category: Osteoporosis

AWoman holding her wrist after injury. DEXA scans can be done to prevent these types of injuries. bone scan is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone happens. A bone density test, or DEXA scan, may be done of your hip or spine to estimate your bone density and determine if treatment is necessary.

Facts About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the mass of your bones decreases, causing them to become weak and brittle. This is because your body can’t replace old bone with new bone fast enough. Your bones then become porous, with holes and spaces that are larger than normal.

It is often difficult to know if you have osteoporosis as you may not have daily symptoms. Some patients do have pain in their back and can have limited mobility. Other side effects of osteoporosis can include bone fracture often in the hip, spine, or wrist. It can also cause patients to lose height or have a hunched posture.

Who Should Have a Bone Density Test?

If you’ve recently broken a bone or have other risk factors, you may need to have a bone density exam. Women are more likely than men to have osteoporosis, and most people affected are at least 50 years old or older.

It is recommended that you have a bone density test at Women’s Health Associates if you:

  • Are a woman over age 65 or a man over age 70
  • Are a menopausal woman or man over the age of 50 with risk factors
  • Have broken a bone over the age of 50
  • Have height loss in your spine

A DEXA bone scan can be scheduled in order to determine your bone density. Your radiologist will interpret the results to see if you have normal bone density, low bone density, or if osteoporosis is present.

Contact Women’s Health Associates to schedule an appointment for a bone density DEXA scan at (203) 798-0500.

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