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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and 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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Dr. James Chu Dr. Chu
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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

Dr. James Chu Dr. Chu
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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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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

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Can DEXA scan detect osteomalacia?

Can DEXA scan detect osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia: No. A Dexa detects osteoporosis, or decreased amount of bone matrix. Osteomalacia is an abnormal type of bone, soft bones, abnormal building process. You can have both osteoporosis/malacia, so dexa is still done in the workup to measure the amount of bone. Vit D deficiency, GI disorders that cause malabsorption, kidney disease, liver disease, certain drugs... all are part of the differential. ...Read more

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Is a radioisotope bone scan more detailed then an iodine bone scan?

Is a radioisotope bone scan more detailed then an iodine bone scan?

No iodine bone scan: Nuclear medicine bone scans are performed using a radionuclide called tc 99m mdp. It is a radioactive particle tagged to a molecule involved in bone metabolism. Common exam, around for decades. There is now a new scan using a pet/ct scanner and an isotope sodium flouride. It is sensitive and more accruate but also more expensive and less available. ...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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8 weeks ago took levaquin (levofloxacin). Since then bones hurt, arms twitch, lost 20 lbs (not trying)headache with numbness, legs weak. Any ideas? Levaquin (levofloxacin) toxicity?

8 weeks ago took levaquin (levofloxacin).  Since then bones hurt, arms twitch, lost 20 lbs (not trying)headache with numbness, legs weak. Any ideas? Levaquin (levofloxacin) toxicity?

Not likely: The symptoms aren't due to the antibiotic taken 8wks ago. In fact, it sounds like the original diagnosis was likely a viral infection. The symptoms you describe sounds more consistent with a post-viral inflammatory syndrome where the immune system has, for some reason, started to attack your own cells of the nervous system. This is something you should see your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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I have pain in my ankle. My X-ray shows that my bones are fine. If my ankle is slightly tapped, it gets extremely painful. What should I do?

I have pain in my ankle. My X-ray shows that my bones are fine. If my ankle is slightly tapped, it gets extremely painful. What should I do?

Xrays: Agree with previous answers and add that it could also be tendon pain or due to your history of "tumor", these may not viewable on xrays. Agree if rest, ice, immobilization iwth strapping/ brace and antiinflammatory meds don't help, get evaluated and possible advanced imaging (mri). Best of luck. ...Read more

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How painful is bone graft surgery from your hip for dental implants?

How painful is bone graft surgery from your hip for dental implants?

Quite Painful : It is quite painful and can cause disturbances in your ability to walk for a while. It's also necessary to stay in the hospital for at least a day following surgery. The good thing is that it is almost never necessary any more. If you would like a referral, i know a brilliant implant surgeon in your city who can help you or at least do a second opinion. His consultations are free for implants! ...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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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 long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

6-8 weeks: Bony fusion grows like a fracture heals. It generally takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to see good Xray evidence of fusion. In my practice I will get X-rays at the 6 week point, and usually at the 3 month time point. But other surgeons may have different schedules. It can be helpful to use an external bone growth stimulator, No doubt NOT SMOKING is crucial, and avoiding NSAIDs can help you heal!! ...Read more

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MRI shows 4.8cm ovarianRight complex cyst,coccyx bone erosion,free fluid in pelvic area & simple ovarianLeft cysts. Should I request ca125 testing?

Maybe: I think it would be best to get the opinion of a gyn oncologist about this. While age 23 would be very unusual to have cancer, these gyn specialists would still be a good source of information. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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35 yo f w/rrms. Brain mris every 6 mo. Recent report: "t1&t2 hyperintensity, could be hemangioma in right frontal bone." do I need more testing?

35 yo f w/rrms. Brain mris every 6 mo. Recent report: "t1&t2 hyperintensity, could be hemangioma in right frontal bone." do I need more testing?

Further testing: If you have been having an MRI every 6 months, it's possible this hyperintensity showed up before, but was not reported. Sometimes small versions of this are missed during other tests. Having another MRI in the future should be an adequate method to study this. If you have another MRI 6 months from now, that should be helpful enough. ...Read more

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A crush injury to my foot resulted in many insufficiency fractures. All ferritin/iron stuff is very low. RBCs are large. Is bone marrow testing needed?

A crush injury to my foot resulted in many insufficiency fractures. All ferritin/iron stuff is very low. RBCs are large. Is bone marrow testing needed?

Macrocytic anemia: F of unknown age, ethnicity or medical Hx: A crush injury to my foot resulted in many insufficiency fractures. All ferritin/iron stuff is very low. RBCs are large. Is bone marrow testing needed? ANS: u have a macrocytic anemia (large red cells) & low iron. These do not go together well. U need someone 2 look carefully at ur blood smear & U & get Hx of menses, test 4 GI blood loss B4 marrow. ...Read more

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What minerals are included in bones?

What minerals are included in bones?

Minerals: The major minerals found in bone are calcium and phosphorus in the form of an insoluble salt called hydroxyapatite (HA) [chemical formula: (Ca)10(PO4)6(OH)2)]. HA crystals lie adjacent and bound to the organic protein matrix. Magnesium, sodium, potassium, and citrate ions are also present, conjugated to HA crystals rather than forming distinct crystals of their own ...Read more

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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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What vitamins and minerals good for bones expected D?

What vitamins and minerals good for bones expected D?

Vitamin C, calcium+D: There are a number of nutrients essential to bone health. The most well known are calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Many people do not know that vitamin C is also important for the formation of the collagen scaffolding that new bone is created on. Boron is another important micronutrient, as is Vitamin K, and Silicon. Finally, and oft neglected is the strengthening effect of regular exercise. ...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