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What are the tests that indicate bone loss?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: DXA

A bone density test, (aka dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or dxa) is like a special x-ray and measures how much bone is in the spine, hip and sometimes wrist.

In brief: DXA

A bone density test, (aka dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or dxa) is like a special x-ray and measures how much bone is in the spine, hip and sometimes wrist.
Dr. Melissa Young
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Dr. Nancy Mellow
In addition to the DXA, there are some urine and blood tests (like urine NTX and blood CTX) that can measure how quickly bone is actually being lost, even before enough has been lost to show up in the DXA results. The DXA will show how much bone mineral has already been lost at the time of the test.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: X-ray

Aspecial x-ray test called a dexa scan is done to look at the hip and spine (two areas that are indicators of bone loss).
The test does not hurt and usually takes 10-15 minutes. Some clinics have screening tests that involve placing your foot into a machine that looks at heel bone density, but the dexa is the definitive test.

In brief: X-ray

Aspecial x-ray test called a dexa scan is done to look at the hip and spine (two areas that are indicators of bone loss).
The test does not hurt and usually takes 10-15 minutes. Some clinics have screening tests that involve placing your foot into a machine that looks at heel bone density, but the dexa is the definitive test.
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