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What Does Bone Density Test Show
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same: They are two names for the same test. ...Read more
Increased activity: Strong uptake on bone scan means increased metabolic bone activity. This could indicate inflammation, fracture, infection, and/or bone tumor. These results usually are considered in the face of plain x-rays and exam to determine the diagnosis. Sometimes mri/ct scan are also needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: They are the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
Increased uptake: Osteoblastic is term for new bone formation usually describing radiographic appearance. Translated to bone scan this means increased uptake which can be bone repair of infection, fracture, or tumor. Bone scans are very sensitive to bone turnover but not specific. Some primary bone tumors are osteoblastic in that they form bone. Nonarticular means focus of uptake away from a joint. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a bone scan done recently I'm trying to see what results mean the findings say homogenous uptake throughout skeleton seen what does it mean?
Homogenous = normal: The term "homogenous" means something similar to consistent or equal. If there is homogenous uptake throughout the skeleton it means there are no abnormal areas of "high uptake" or "hot spots" such as bone cancers. Therefore, homogenous uptake in the skeleton is considered normal. Still, have a discussion with the doctor who ordered the scan as they will have a better understanding of your case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other modalities: Conventional x-rays, ct scans, pet scans and bone scans are the ways that we usually detect bone metastasis in cancer work ups. Bone density scans are not used for this purpose, but instead are used to document osteoporosis, and determine treatment to replace lost calcium in bones that can lead to benign fractures. ...Read more
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