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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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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,

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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.

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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-.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Bone Density (Definition)

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