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What is bone mineral density testing?

What is bone mineral density testing?

Dexa scan: It is a radiologic test, x-ray procedure, to examine the bone density and is used in forecasting the risk of fractures. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Not by itself: A low bone density usually indicates osteoporosis but a small number of people may have osteomalacia, a condition in which there may be a normal amount of bone but it is poorly minerlized. Bllod tests can distinguish the two problems. ...Read more

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Is a heel bone density scan trustworthy?

Is a heel bone density scan trustworthy?

No...: No...Heel bone density scan is not as accurate or precise as other methods of bone densitometry. Spine, hip, and radius bone density measurements are better. ...Read more

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Ct Rpt- curvilinear soft tissue density with irregular peripheral margins in the subcutaneous fat in thigh measures 16.4 x 2.3 x 10.1cm - Sarcoma?

Ct Rpt- curvilinear soft tissue density with irregular peripheral margins in the subcutaneous fat in thigh measures 16.4 x 2.3 x 10.1cm - Sarcoma?

Possible liposarcoma: Large tumor masses in thigh usually represent sarcoma. In subcutaneous fat probably liposarcoma but dx must be established by complete removal and examination of lesion. A large liposarcoma may be composed of benign lipoma in 70-80% of lesion and 20-30 % sites of sarcoma. An at random bx in the OR can frequently yield a dx of a benign lesion when complete examination reveals the malignancy/ ...Read more

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Any links between high bone density and bone cancer?

Bone spread: Several types of cancer produce a local increase in bone density if they invade bone. The most common type is prostate cancer. Cancers developing in bone may also produce a local increase in density. ...Read more

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Does a bone density xray also show fractures ?

DEXA: I do not believe so. A conventional x-ray will show fractures. Dexa scan is meant only for osteoporosis screening and follow-up. ...Read more

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What are the methods of measuring bone density?

What are the methods of measuring bone density?

DXA: They employ a dual-energy absorptiometry, or dxa also referred to as dexa scan using very little radiation. You get a ty score and the lower your score, the weaker your bones are and the risk for fracture is greater. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a DEXA bone density scan and x-ray?

Dose and accuracy: The dexa uses a very small dose of x-ray compared to a regular x-ray and it is designed to measure density not produce a high quality picture. A regular x-ray is designed to produce a high quality picture and is a poor measure of density. ...Read more

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Can fluoride decrease bone density?

Depends on exposure: Interesting question. It has been a long standing observation that over exposure to Fluoride can lead to decrease in bone density and increased overall fracture rate, however and interestingly enough, limited exposure actually increases bone density (mainly in trabecular bone such as spine). Even so, the increased density does not correspond to increased bone strength. ...Read more

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Have papillary thyroid cancer. Recent bone scan showed area of concentrated radioactivity on lower leg bone. Cancer too?

Have papillary thyroid cancer. Recent bone scan showed area of concentrated radioactivity on lower leg bone. Cancer too?

Very unlikely: positive bone scan does not mean cancer any recent activity in the bone from recent healing,to a inflammation,to possible infection will cause hot spot on bone scan papillary thyroid cancer is not known to be super aggressive and the chance of metastases to the bone is super rare. check with your doctor most likely it will be something simple ...Read more

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Women's loss of bone density inevitable?

Women's loss of bone density inevitable?

Can be slowed so not: It an be slowed so not a problem. The loss of trophic hormones for bone, hgh, estrogen, and also the usual decline in physical activity contribute to bone loss. The most important issue is a woman's peak bone mass between 20-25yrs. There will be a decline, but this can be slowed with calcium, vit d, and exercise. Hormones or other medications may be a good idea after menopause. ...Read more

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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

Only partly: The dexa scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks. ...Read more

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Bone density test shows osteoporosis of the spine & hip, hip:-3.03, spine:-3.58 what is the recommended treatment?

Osteoporosis: Sir you have osteoporosis and it may be a bad case. You should discuss this with your doctor at once and obtain medical treatment. Exercise, calcium, and vitamin d are going to be insufficient. You will likely need a bisphosphonate like alendronate, pamidronate, or zoledronic acid. ...Read more

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Radionucline bone scan process and use?

Radionucline  bone scan process and use?

Bone abnormalities: Bone scan involves intravenous injection of radio tracer usually technetium 99m mdp which accumulates in skeleton. Scan may involve early phase(5-10 min) and late phase(2-3 hr) imaging. Increased uptake is seen in fractures, tumors, infection, etc. Decreased activity is seen in metal artifacts, aggressive tumor/infection, & loss of blood supply to bones. Bone scan very sensitive but not specific. ...Read more

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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for. If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more

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What fluid would have the density of the average density of embrionic fluid?

Embryonic fluid dens: Hmm. I don't know if this has been studied. But l would go to the Handbook of Chemicals and look it up.Or we can chat and I can tell you how to do it. ...Read more

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What is bone resorption and bone formation defect if osteoporosis?

What is bone resorption and bone formation defect if osteoporosis?

One process is: Greater. In osteoporosis, bone resorption is more prevalent then bone formation. As a result, a negative bone balance occurs and bone loss will occur and over time osteopenia or osteoporosis will occur. Medications such as Fosamax and Boniva (ibandronate) slow down bone resorption. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more