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Bone Density Scan (Overview)

A dexa(dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) measured the density of mineral/calcium in the bones, and is also known as bmd(bone mineral densitometry). It involves lying on an exam table while x-rays with 2 different wavelengths go through the hip and the spine region to measure the amount of calcium in the bones to determine if some has osteoporosis or a high risk for broken hip or other bones.


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Is it normal to need a bone density scan?

Is it normal to need a bone density scan?

Yes, check: this link for the recommendations: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/guide/who-needs-bone-density-testing

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Bone Density Scan (Overview)

A dexa(dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) measured the density of mineral/calcium in the bones, and is also known as bmd(bone mineral densitometry). It involves lying on an exam table while x-rays with 2 different wavelengths go through the hip and the spine region to measure the amount of calcium in the bones to determine if some has osteoporosis or a high risk for broken hip or other bones.


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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What is the definition or description of: bone density scan?

What is the definition or description of: bone density scan?

Xray test for bones: A dexa(dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) measured the density of mineral/calcium in the bones, and is also known as bmd(bone mineral densitometry). It involves lying on an exam table while x-rays with 2 different wavelengths go through the hip and the spine region to measure the amount of calcium in the bones to determine if some has osteoporosis or a high risk for broken hip or other bones. ...Read more

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How quickly will i get the results from a bone density scan?

It is variable: It varies by facility. If you are concerned about the results, call your doctor's office and ask if they have them. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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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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When you go for a bone density scan, do they weigh you?

Yes: Height, weight, and age are needed to interpret the data. http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=dexa ...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


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Bone Density (Definition)

Bone density (or bone mineral density) is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. Bone density (or bmd) is used in clinical medicine as an indirect indicator of ...Read more