Bone Density Testing

Bone Density refers to  the strength of your bones and their ability to bear weight.  Low bone density (osteoporosis) causes your bones to be  brittle, weak, and subject to fracture.  Screening can catch decreasing bone density early, before fractures occur. Early detection also makes treatment more effective. Because early stages of bone loss have no symptoms, your doctor might recommend bone density scanning if you are at risk, even if you feel fine.

A bone density scan is a low-dose x-ray that checks an area of the body, such as the spine, hip or wrist, for signs of mineral loss and bone thinning.

Some risk factors for osteoporosis:

  • family history of osteoporosis
  • low body weight
  • Caucasian, Asian, or Latino ethnicity
  • early menopause or low estrogen levels
  • history of broken bone as an adult
  • hyperthyroidism
  • long-term treatment with corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
  • inactive lifestyle
  • low intake of calcium, vitamin D, and other minerals
  • heavy alcohol consumption
Bone density scanning is also recommended for all women every 2 years starting at the age of 60.

We are happy to offer Bone Density Testing in our office.  Be sure to ask your doctor if you think you might be at risk.