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At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
In brief: 65 for most women
It is recommended to get a dexa scan at age 65 for most women, sometimes earlier if significant risk factors for osteoporosis are present.
I think when you say "bone scan" you are referring to the dexa (also sometimes abbreviated as dxa) scan. See: http://sgoti.Ws/py5wtb.

In brief: 65 for most women
It is recommended to get a dexa scan at age 65 for most women, sometimes earlier if significant risk factors for osteoporosis are present.
I think when you say "bone scan" you are referring to the dexa (also sometimes abbreviated as dxa) scan. See: http://sgoti.Ws/py5wtb.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: It depends
Bone scans are used to evaluate for bone infections, recent fractures, and bone cancer, and are not used to check for osteoporosis.
Most people never need one. Bone density testing should start when there is a reasonable probability of increased fracture risk that would require treatment. So it depends on risk factors. A common age to start would be 50 for women or 70 for men.

In brief: It depends
Bone scans are used to evaluate for bone infections, recent fractures, and bone cancer, and are not used to check for osteoporosis.
Most people never need one. Bone density testing should start when there is a reasonable probability of increased fracture risk that would require treatment. So it depends on risk factors. A common age to start would be 50 for women or 70 for men.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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