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Bone Density Test
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Same: They are two names for the same test. ...Read more
None: They are the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
What to do if I want to go for a bone density test to determine my bone age. Can I go polyclinic to ask?
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
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
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