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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

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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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

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

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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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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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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When is bone density screening necessary?

65 years aprox: Any woman c fam history and risk factors for osteoporosis below 65 y o all women above 65 yo and older postmenopausal women c hx of fractures women with med conditions associated c osteoporosis. ...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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At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?

At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?

It depends: Bone scans are used to evaluate for bone infections, recent fractures, and bone cancer, and are not used to check for osteoporosis. Most people never need one. Bone density testing should start when there is a reasonable probability of increased fracture risk that would require treatment. So it depends on risk factors. A common age to start would be 50 for women or 70 for men. ...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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If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?

If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?

Osteoporosis: If your doctor has not recommended calcium along with vitamin D you might need a doctor who knows a bit more about osteoporosis. Together these meds will help control your bone health but you might also need osteoporosis medicine. Please call the International Society for Clinical Densitometry at 860-259-1000. They will point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Is an increase in bone mineral density good or bad?

Is an increase in bone mineral density good or bad?

To a point...: In general an increase in bone mineral density is a good thing for older adults. There are some unusual conditions (paget's disease) where one can have too much bone. If you have a very bone mineral density already there is probably no an advantage to getting it even higher. ...Read more

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Mri & bone scan impression is suspecious metastatis, bmd show osteopenia spiral, m.Band negative, s.Cortisol 30 with dexona 1 mg, biopsy needed ?

Mri & bone scan impression is suspecious metastatis, bmd show osteopenia spiral, m.Band negative, s.Cortisol  30 with dexona 1 mg, biopsy needed  ?

Perhaps: Discuss your situation with your primary doctor or the one who ordered those tests. If you are feeling uncomfortable, it may be good to get a second opinion from an oncologist (a cancer specialist). Do not wait. Time can make a difference in how you do. ...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

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Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

No: Generally, a bone deficiency or osteoporosis is not a a cause of bone spurs (AKA osteophytes) but age related degeneration (osteoarthritis and/or tendinosis) is. ...Read more

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Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Collagen issue: Sounds more like a collagen issue. Unfortunately there not a treatment for poor collagen like there is for osteo-porosis. Still worth getting bone density, electrolytes, and hormones checked. (thyroid, para thyroid). ...Read more

Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more