How can you know if you have osteoporosis -- before your bones break? There are several ways to measure bone health. Learn about these osteoporosis tests
A bone mineral density test, sometimes just called a bone density test, examines segments of your bone through X-rays to detect osteoporosis.
One of the most common osteoporosis tests is dual X-ray absorptiometry -- also called DXA or DEXA. It measures people’s spine, hip, or total-body bone density to help gauge their risk of fractures.
When should you get a bone density test? Read guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Bone densitometry is a test like an X-ray that quickly and accurately measures the density of bone.