Bone Density Screening
Screening for osteoporosis is available on-site in our Northside office.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis causes a decrease in bone mass, often referred to as thinning of bone. When this occurs, the patient with osteoporosis will have weaker bones and have a higher risk of bone fracture.
Who should have a bone density test?
- All postmenopausal women under age 65 who have one or more additional risk factors for osteoporosis.
- All women over the age of 65 regardless of additional risk factors.
- Postmenopausal women who sustain a fracture.
- Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods.
Some of the most common risk factors:
- Being female
- Advanced age
- Being Caucasian or Asian
- Low bone mass
- Being thin and having a small frame
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Estrogen deficiency as a result of menopause, especially early or surgically induced
- Excessive alcohol intake
What is a DEXA scan (bone density test)
DEXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, and is considered the most accurate test for bone density. While standard x-rays show changes in the bone density after about 40% of bone loss, a DEXA scan can detect changes after about 1% of change. A DEXA scan last about 10 minutes, and exposes the patient to less radiation than a standard chest x-ray.