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My DEXA scan z score is -2.6 what does this mean exactly ?, I am 53.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Low

Z score compares your bone density to the average of your age group.
If it is a positive number, you have above average bone density. If negative, below. The actual number represents the "standard deviations" from the mean, how far away from average you are. For -2.6, it means that you are approximately in the lower 3% for bone density for your age. That is, 97% have higher bone density than u

In brief: Low

Z score compares your bone density to the average of your age group.
If it is a positive number, you have above average bone density. If negative, below. The actual number represents the "standard deviations" from the mean, how far away from average you are. For -2.6, it means that you are approximately in the lower 3% for bone density for your age. That is, 97% have higher bone density than u
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology

In brief: Z score is age based

Z score is comparing the patient's bone mineral density to the average of a group of age, ethnicity and gender matched normals.
T score compares to a 30 yo normal of the same gender and ethnicity. For all females in the us (no specific ethnicity), according to the cdc, using a z score of -2.6 and age of 50-60, the actual bmd should approx 0.6 g/cc3 which compares to low in an over 80 yo.

In brief: Z score is age based

Z score is comparing the patient's bone mineral density to the average of a group of age, ethnicity and gender matched normals.
T score compares to a 30 yo normal of the same gender and ethnicity. For all females in the us (no specific ethnicity), according to the cdc, using a z score of -2.6 and age of 50-60, the actual bmd should approx 0.6 g/cc3 which compares to low in an over 80 yo.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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