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Bone density tests (also called bone mineral density tests) check your bone strength and are used to help diagnose osteoporosis. All women 65 and over, those with osteoporosis risk factors, and all postmenopausal women with a broken bone should be tested. Types of bone density tests include DEXA (or DXA), QCT, SXA, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how and why bone density tests are done and what they can diagnose.

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