Bone Density Tests Directory
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.
Osteoporosis and Bone Density Scans
How is bone mineral density measured? Learn more about DXA, also called DEXA, a common test used to diagnose osteoporosis.
Learn About Bone Densitometry
WebMD looks at bone densitometry scans, a type of test that can detect problems such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis-Exams and Tests
A diagnosis of osteoporosis is based on your medical history, physical examination, and a test to measure your bone thickness (density). During a physical exam, your health professional will: Measure your height and compare the results with past measureme
What Is a Bone Mineral Density Test?
A bone mineral density test examines segments of your bone through X-rays to detect osteoporosis. The test is quick and painless, and it gives you a snapshot of how strong they are.
Bone Density Scans and Bone Health Screenings
When should you get a bone density scan, and why?
Bone Density Tests: A Clue to Your Future
DEXA bone density scans: Will you glide into your golden years or live out a fractured fairy tale?
Build Stronger Bones With Exercise
Learn exercises that can help you build up your bones if you have osteoporosis.
5 Lifestyle Steps for Bone Health
Maximize bone health and reduce the effects of osteoporosis with these simple steps. Start today.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that can lead to painful bone fractures. Learn who gets osteoporosis, how to tell if you have it, how to prevent it, and effective treatment options.
Slideshow: Super Foods for Your Bones
Some of the foods that are good for your bones might surprise you. Greens? Figs? Salmon? Dig in!
Slideshow: The Truth About Vitamin D
Can vitamin D help you lose weight, fight depression, or even avoid cancer? Could you be "D" deficient? Learn the facts in our slideshow.