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What is the difference between a bone density test and a bone mineral density test?

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Dr. Waldo Acebo
Family Medicine
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In brief: None

They are the same.

In brief: None

They are the same.
Dr. Waldo Acebo
Dr. Waldo Acebo
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: No difference

No difference, unless you are referring to a quantitative bone mineral density CT scan, which is different from a DXA scan.
It directly measures density, while DXA calculates it indirectly.

In brief: No difference

No difference, unless you are referring to a quantitative bone mineral density CT scan, which is different from a DXA scan.
It directly measures density, while DXA calculates it indirectly.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Different objectives

A BMD tests for the density of minerals like Calcium to estimate the strength of your bone and a bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis, a disease which causes the bone to become fragile and more likely to break.

In brief: Different objectives

A BMD tests for the density of minerals like Calcium to estimate the strength of your bone and a bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis, a disease which causes the bone to become fragile and more likely to break.
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Dr. Linda Callaghan
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