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Is it normal to need a bone density scan?

Is it normal to need a bone density scan?

Yes, check: this link for the recommendations: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/guide/who-needs-bone-density-testing

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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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What is the definition or description of: bone density scan?

What is the definition or description of: bone density scan?

Xray test for bones: A dexa(dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) measured the density of mineral/calcium in the bones, and is also known as bmd(bone mineral densitometry). It involves lying on an exam table while x-rays with 2 different wavelengths go through the hip and the spine region to measure the amount of calcium in the bones to determine if some has osteoporosis or a high risk for broken hip or other bones. ...Read more

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How quickly will i get the results from a bone density scan?

It is variable: It varies by facility. If you are concerned about the results, call your doctor's office and ask if they have them. ...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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How to detect bone density scan, so they weigh you as well?

If very overweight: Only if doing whole body scan or lumbar spine exam. The table usually has limit 300-350 pounds. If doing evaluation of extremity can do separate study with body not on table, then probably no issue. ...Read more

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Can they need your body weight and height for bone density scan?

Can they need your body weight and height for bone density scan?

No: They don't need to weigh you, or determine your height. 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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What is the difference between a DEXA bone density scan and x-ray?

What is the difference between a DEXA bone density scan and x-ray?

Dose and accuracy: The dexa uses a very small dose of x-ray compared to a regular x-ray and it is designed to measure density not produce a high quality picture. A regular x-ray is designed to produce a high quality picture and is a poor measure of density. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lang
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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