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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


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When could I get a bone density test?

Depends who you ask: Recommendations say age 60 now but ages 50-60 are when the most bone is lost so it would be good to know where you stand about age 50. If you have been on oral steroids for a long time or if your vit d level is low then you might need a scan even earlier. I do not agree that age 60 is the ideal age for a density scan but many doctors start at that age. I think the cat is out of the bag by then. ...Read more

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Does a bone density test usually hurt?

Does a bone density test usually hurt?

No: The best bone density test, called dxa, does not use any needles. A person lies on a table and a very small dose of radiation passes through the lower spine and hip to measure bone density. It is painless. ...Read more

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Will my insurance cover a bone density test?

Will my insurance cover a bone density test?

Maybe: Depends on your insurance. For postmenopausal women a bone density test can be an important part of preventive care. If your insurance covers preventive care, such a test may be included. ...Read more

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What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?

What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?

Very little!: When the world health organization arbitrarily set a level of bone mineral density (bmd) below which a person was said "to have" osteoporosis, the opportunity was immediately seized by interested parties to declare a range better than that density but adjacent to it as "osteopenia". Above that is called "normal" bmd is a continuum! Normal is normal. Low normal means normal. ...Read more

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Why would u do a bone density test on a woman my wife is geting one done

Why would u do a bone density test on a woman my wife is geting one done

To: To see if she if her calcium levels in the bone are affected. In women, if estrogen levels drop (could be for a variety of reasons, one including menopause) calcium levels drop too, causing drop in bone density, fractures, brittle bones and possibly bone deformities. Bone density test sometimes needs to be repeated more than once to show actual drop in bone density. ...Read more

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What is a ultrasonic bone density test?

What is a ultrasonic bone density test?

A DXA alternative: The dual energy x-ray analysis (dexa or dxa) is considered the "gold standard" for measuring the mineral content of your bone. A similar measurement can be done with ct-scans or ultrasound, where the impedance of the sound wave can be correlated with bone mineral. None of these tests provide much definitive information about fracture risks. Ask you doctor for a frax clinical analysis first! ...Read more

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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

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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Should I go for bone density test, would they weigh you?

Should I go for bone density test, would they weigh you?

No: They don't need to weigh you. It is a simple, quick test. You lay on a table and the scan is performed by the tech. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on going for bone density test, would they weigh you?

Can you advise me on going for bone density test, would they weigh you?

No: They don't need to weigh you. It is a simple, quick test. You lay on a table and the scan is performed by the tech. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between a bone density test and a bone scan?

Yes: Bone density tests measure the amount of calcium in the bone to determine a person's risk for fractures. Bone scans use a radioactive tracer to identify areas of abnormally high cellular activity in the bone. Some conditions that may show up on a bone scan include recent fractures, infections of the bone, or some forms of cancer in the bone. ...Read more

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Is generalized skeletal osteopathic common? My bone density test came back saying this and I'm worried. I'm only 56.

Is generalized skeletal osteopathic common? My bone density test came back saying this and I'm worried. I'm only 56.

Bone density: Do you mean Osteoporosis? Check with your ordering Doctor, and if you have Osteoporosis, don't be worried, but do treat yourself appropriately with exercise, Calcium and Vit D if needed and medication as deemed appropriate by your Dr. To help improve the condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have to get a bone density test done I'm just wandering, do they weigh you, what to do?

I have to get a bone density test done I'm just wandering, do they weigh you, what to do?

No: They don't need to weigh you. It is a simple, quick test. You lay on a table and the scan is performed by the tech. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a bone density test done I'm just wandering, do they weigh you?

What to do if I have to get a bone density test done I'm just wandering, do they weigh you?

DXA: A bone densitometry test, or DXA, is fast and easy. Yes, they weight you. It's very useful information, and can allow intervention to reduce fracture risk before a fracture occurs. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to go for a bone density test to determine my bone age. Can I go polyclinic to ask?

What to do if I want to go for a bone density test to determine my bone age. Can I go polyclinic to ask?

Bone density: Determination and bone age determination are two separate tests, but most hospital imaging departments or outpatient imaging centers can probably do either one. ...Read more

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I had a bone density test and it said I have generalized skeletal osteopenia. I'm a little worried I'm 56 years old. Is bone loss common at my age?

Bone loss is: Accelerated after menopause, . Bone scans are not typically done at this age. Assuming you have no hormonal deficiencies - ie thyroid, you should be taking at calcium and vitamin d. You should exercise, eat a balanced diet, Only your Doctor can decide if you needed a prescription medication and is common in women (and men) as we age. ...Read more

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How accurate is the heel bone density test?

How accurate is the heel bone density test?

Depends: The diagnosis of osteopenia and osteoporosis are generally made from a DXA machine that tests the spine and hip. The heel test is done with a portable device that is used to screen for bone loss. Although accurate statistically, it is not used clinically unless there is not a device that will measure the spine and hip. The heel should not be used to follow the rate of change in the bone density. ...Read more

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Can I get an inaccurate reading from the heel bone density test?

Bone density: Any test can give an inaccurate reading, especially the pharmacy located devices. See your family doc for a more accurate test that usually takes place at the hip area ...Read more

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I had a Bone Density test. The result was : R-6.59 L-6.20 Lumbar 9.82 What does this mean?

Numbers look wrong: Central DXAs measure bone density at the lumbar spine and left and right total hips/femoral necks. Results are presented as actual BMC (bone mineral content (ie, 0.887, 0.7436, etc) and as a T-score (standard deviations above/below ur bone density is from woman's peak bone mass). T-scores are usually presented as a + or - number: >-1.0 normal, -1.0 to -2.4 osteopenia, ...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?

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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If the calcium and magnesium levels are good on my lab test, do is still need a bone density test? Are these related or not?

If the calcium and magnesium levels are good on my lab test, do is still need a bone density test? Are these related or not?

#1=yes, #2 = no.: Serum calcium levels are tightly controlled by a hormone in four tiny glands inside the thyroid gland called parathyroid glands. If calcium levels are abnormal and confirmed abnormal, need to work up for kidney, bone or parathyroid disease. Bone density has no relation to normal calcium levels, so if the test is indicated, do it. Magnesium may become low on diuretics (like potassium), not related. ...Read more

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My bone density test shows that my hip bones have some bone loss. What could be the cause of it?

My bone density test shows that my hip bones have some bone loss. What could be the cause of it?

There are: Many possible reasons for decreased bone density: hereditary, poor health/frailty, smoking, low body wieght, estrogen deficiency states, alcoholism, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, renal failure, other hormone abnormalities. ...Read more

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Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Yes: Depends on level of instrumentation on whether your spine will be able to be tested and compared to previous. Hips will still be able to be tested in order to risk stratify you. ...Read more

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Brother found hard nickle size lump just below zyphoid process. His xray n bone density test show nothing. It doesn't hurt or move. What could it be?

Zyphoid: Did his doctor examine him and if so what did he tell your brother?
If he was not told anything but the results of bone density and x-ray he needs to go back to his doctor and insist on a more information. ...Read more

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My dr office called and said to start Fosamax (alendronate) as my bone density test came back not too good. Aren't there choices? Shouldn't a patient get consult?

My dr office called and said to start Fosamax (alendronate) as my bone density test came back not too good. Aren't there choices? Shouldn't a patient get consult?

There are choices.: And your doctor has an obligation to discuss them with you, along with the risks/benefits of fosamax (alendronate). ...Read more

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Should I take the new medication forteo? I have been taking actonel, (risedronate) my last bone density test showed I had 10 percent bone loss. I am afraid to take the drug because of the side effects. Is there something else I can take?

Should I take the new medication forteo? I have been taking actonel, (risedronate) my last bone density test showed I had 10 percent bone loss. I am afraid to take the drug because of the side effects. Is there something else I can take?

Actonel (risedronate): Actonel (risedronate) and Forteo are in a class of drugs called bisphonates. These drugs are very valuable in preventing fractures of bone due to progressive loss of bone density called osteoporosis. Yes the drugs have been associated with several significant side effects, but like any drug you need to weigh the benefits against these side effects. Spinal, hip and long bone fractures can have serious life altering effects on ones life, more serious than the side effects, so if you are at risk of fracture, which your bone scan indicates, then use of these drugs are justified. This is a conversation you need to be having with your physician since they know you better than anyone on this board can. They can review the risks and benefits to help you make a decision. ...Read more

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Brother has nickle size hard lump just below xyphoid process. Xray and bone density test show nothing. It doesn't hurt ot move. What could it be?

CT/MRI: Many things to consider.
How long has it been there?
Any trauma?
What other chronic illnesses?

While it could be something minor like a small hematoma. If does not get better or decrease relatively quickly
You will need cross sectional imaging to know for sure.
CT is best for bone.
MRI is best for cartilage and soft tissue.
You may wind up needing both.
Please have a complete examination. ...Read more

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Had bone density test that's normal. But have 4 compression fractures in spine. 50% height loss. 2 hat would cause this. Vit d is a bit low?

Had bone density test that's normal. But have 4 compression fractures in spine. 50% height loss. 2 hat would cause this. Vit d is a bit low?

Fractures: Normal bone density with four vertebral fractures does not make sense. The bone is my specialty. Hopefully you have had the proper tests done and treatment started. If not you must do so immediately. There some women, about 15 over the last few years while pregnant or 6 months after birth who also have unexpected fractures. See an endocrinologist and orthopedist. ...Read more

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23yr f broke both feet 5th metatarsal neck, seeing a podiatrist, is this normal? Should I request a bone density test? Very active; did crossfit/run

23yr f broke both feet 5th metatarsal neck, seeing a podiatrist, is this normal? Should I request a bone density test? Very active; did crossfit/run

5th MT FRACTURE: You should have this followed with serial xrays to monitor alignment and healing. Any family history of fractures? Bone health for women is very important. Calcium supplement, vitamin d and exercise is very important. A bone density test is an excellent idea to evaluate for any early loss of bone mass! -h-. ...Read more

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My bone density test revealed T-score -3.10. Doc suspected kidney stone also. How to handle this kind of situation.?

My bone density test revealed T-score -3.10. Doc suspected kidney stone also. How to handle this kind of situation.?

Here are some. ..: What has caused Your T-score at -.3.10, which clearly indicates osteoporosis? As to suspected kidney stone, I would not intervene it as long as asymptomatic, instead, work with the Doc to decided what is the underlying reason for T-score of -3.10 and initiate any current available Rx options for the underlying causes. Meanwhile, supplements for calcium & vit- D could be added. ...Read more

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I got the results of my bone density test and don't know what the numbers mean. Lumbar spine L1-L4. 0.796; left hip (total)0.702; major osteoporotic?

Bone density test: Are there other values reported? Classically we get reports comparing your bone density to a normal young patient's of your sex. True osteoporosis is present if your reading or T score is -2.5, and preosteoporosis or osteopenia is present when readings are between -1 and -2.4 standard deviations from a healthy young woman. ...Read more

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What is a bone density scan test, and does it require radiation? Is it harmful?

Yes and no: Yes it requires radiation. The bone mineral density test (which is not a "bone scan" which is something entirely different) requires x-radiation. But no, it is not harmful in and of itself. The radiation dose is around 1/10 the dose from a chest radiograph. That said, radiation doses are cumulative, so each DXA adds a little to your total dose accumulation and risk. ...Read more

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Should men get bone density tests?

Yes: If there is physical evidence for thin bones as when a man's bones look thin on x-ray or there is a history of fracture with minor injury or there has been a loss of 1.5 inches of height, or if there are other risks for osteoporosis such as long-term treatment with steroids like Prednisone or hormonal treatment for prostate cancer or hyperparathyroidism, DEXA scan absolutely should be done. ...Read more

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How do they test for low bone density?

How do they test for low bone density?

Bone densitometer: An instrument called a bone densitometer is utilizes a very small dose of radiation to measure bone density in the spine, hip and forearm. ...Read more

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I'm a 63yo female. Is it true that calcium in my bloodstream means I'm losing bone calcium? Bone density tests say I'm ok. Are there other possibilies

Not sure exactly: What you mean. You need some calcium in your blood as it serves many purposes. If you are referring to elevated blood/serum calcium, it is possible that the reason a serum calcium is elevated is due to "stealing" calcium from the bones. But it can also be a sign of dehydration and kidney issues. ...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


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