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How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed
Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a dxa scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the dxa scan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Osteomalacia: Osteomalacia is abnormal bone formation leading to softening of the bones. Abnormal bowing and increased fracture risk result. It is usually, but not always, due to vit D deficiency. There are multiple causes of vit D deficiency. Diagnosis based on clinical history, blood and urine tests, and characteristic X-ray findings. Sometimes bone biopsy may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteoporosis.: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scans, Symptoms: Sometimes pet and bone scan find things otherwise not suspected, but many times a bone hurts, and occasionally, a bone breaks with trivial trauma and is found to be caused by cancer (pathologic fracture). We search for the site of origin to determine treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
: Either by some symptom (something unusual you feel or notice about yourself - i.e. Pain) or sign (something your doctor notices during an evaluation - i.e. Tenderness on exam) or through a screening test. We currently have approved screeing tests for cervical, breast, colon/rectal, and prostate cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hemophilia panels: There are very specific panels to measure the overall clotting of the blood, and the exact measurement of the clotting factors involved with coagulation. In general hemophilia refers to hemophila a (a decrease in factor viii) or hemophilia b (factor (ix). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fissure: Are we talking about Anal fissure/ if that's the case then prevent constipation, avoid straining, drink enough water, consume enough fiber and use sitz bath (sit in the warm water couple of times a day). also you could ask your doctor for creams like Anusol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye exam: Through a combination of tests including structural (disc photo, optical coherence tomography) and visual function (visual field) that demonstrates progressive damage to the optic nerve over time. Typically, measuring intraocular pressure is involved since it is our main treatable risk factor for worsening disease. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dexa scan: There are a mber of ways to check for osteoporosis. A simple x-ray alone is not adequate because it can be over it under penetrated to make the bone appear more or less dense than it is. A deca scan is by far the most common test for osteoporosis. In this test, the bone density of you spine, hip, and wrist is compared to normal bone and an age matched control. ...Read more
Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three ways: 1. History and physical exam. If your history and examination are suspicious that it might be a dvt, then you need a 2. D-dimer. A blood test is done. If it is very low, you don't have a dvt. If it is high you might have a DVT and you need an 3. Ultrasound scan. As dr. Salartash said, this is the gold standard test. The ultimate way to check for a DVT is ultrasound. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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