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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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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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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. ...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?

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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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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Who should have a bone density test?

Who should have a bone density test?

Screening: All women near menopause and then every 2 years. Men should start bone density testing at age 70. Patients on corticosteroids should undergo bone density testing irrespective of age. Several other risk factors should be taken into account as well. ...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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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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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. ...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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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