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A 59-year-old female asked:

i had a dexa scan in nov. 2011 that showed osteopenia. mother had osteoporosis. when should i repeat the scan? other tests available?

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Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Osteopenia: Really depends on what your score was and how old you are and what other risk factors you have.. We used to do DEXA scans every 2 years. Data now suggests that if DEXA is stable and you have mild osteopenis T-score > (-1.5) may go 5 years, if T-score is lower should repeat.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It depends: on the severity of your osteopenia and your risk profile. Anywhere from 2-5 years.

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