Narrator: At what age should a woman get a bone density test?
Ethel Siris, MDL: If you're female, you need a bone density at 65.
Right now, only about 20 percent of women 65 and up are having the test, even though it's recommended universally and it's paid for by Medicare to have the test.
Ethel Siris, MD: It hasn't yet trickled down as a message to consumers and to clinicians. It's new. It's a new concept. So, if you're 65 and you haven't had the test, you better do it.You may get a very wonderful report, or you may get a report saying you're a bit low and that's important to know. Again, if you're terrific, it's still, you're still in a prevention mode.If your bone density is low, and I'm not saying you have to wait til 65, 65 is for sure.60 to 64 with risk factors and if you're less than 60, but still menopausal and have risk factors, you may wanna do it and there's a good chance that your insurance will pay for it.