A 31-year-old member asked:
how can i convert bone scan t-scores to z-scores?
3 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
DEXA scores: You should not have to convert t scores to z scores when you receive your DEXA results, which report your bone density. They are statistical terms that tell you where your one density is relative to age-matchednnormal data. Both values are given with the result.
5.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Use a chart: There is no formula to convert t-scores to z-scores. The T-score compares your bone density with that of healthy young women.
The z score compares your bone density with that of other people of your age, gender, and race. The t=score is what is used to diagnose osteoporosis and osteopenia.
5.5k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Not usually: T scores are for patients over 18 yr and z scores for children under 18 yr. The controls for children are bases on ages, color, and sex. The t scores are compared to other adults. Dexa centers who perform studies on children have software to generate both values. T scores cannot be used accurately for children and z scores not in adults.
5.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 21-year-old member asked:
How does abone scanwork?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Urology 25 years experience
Radioactive "dye": A bone scan is usually used to assess the whole skeleton for cancer spread, to look at specific bone sites for fracture or for bone infections. The patient receives an injection of a radiolabeled substance that is mostly incorporated in to areas of high bone turnover. A camera to detect the radioactive decay then acts to count the amount of activity. Areas of high decay are more fully evaluated.
6.1k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 21-year-old member asked:
Can all osteoporosis medications build bone?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: Not all osteoporosis drugs "build bone." some medications will slow down the breakdown of bone while others will actually build bone. Talk to your doctor about which one is appropriate for you.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 42-year-old member asked:
What is the most fragile bone in the body?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Podiatry 38 years experience
Pinky toe: Although it may not be structurally the most "fragile" bone in the body, the most often broken bone in the body is the 5th (or pinky) toe. In some sports, like sailing, the pinky toe is broken in 50% of athletes who are involved in the sport for more than 2 years.
5.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 29-year-old member asked:
How is bone lengthening accomplished?
1 doctor answer • 5 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Simple steps: Cut the bone all the way. Insert distraction system on the bone to include above and below and start distract the bone every day about 1 millimeter up to tell you the length you want.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 48-year-old member asked:
What bone disease do older people tend to get?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Rheumatology 48 years experience
5.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Feb 19, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.