What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by low bone mineral density (BMD), decreased bone strength, and increased fracture risk.
What is osteopenia?
Osteopenia is lower than normal bone density (BMD) but not as severe as osteoporosis. It also has an increased fracture risk.
What is bone mineral density?
Bone mineral density, or BMD, is the measurement of the mineralization of bone. This helps determine bone strength and predict the risk of bone fractures.
Why screen for osteoporosis?
Who needs to be tested for osteoporosis?
What is a DXA scan?
DXA, also known as DEXA or âDual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry,â is a very weak x-ray that measures bone mineral density and helps determine the presence of osteoporosis.
Is a DXA scan safe?
All x-rays use some radiation. However, DXA scans use a very low dose of radiation, about 1/30th of that used in a standard chest x-ray.
Can anyone have a DXA scan?
If you are pregnant or have had x-ray contrast, barium study, or nuclear medicine scan within the last 30 days, you must wait until cleared. If you have any metal implants, discuss this with your doctor.
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