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Do you need to keep getting bone density tests while you're being treated for osteoporosis?

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As surprising as it may sound to many people (and even some doctors), rechecking bone density is not at all like checking blood pressure during treatment of high blood pressure. Routine bone density testing during osteoporosis treatment is unlikely to be helpful. Bone density changes so slowly with treatment that the changes are smaller than the measurement error of the machine. So repeat DXA scans can't tell whether you have a real increase in bone density due to treatment or if the machine's measurement was off.

SOURCES:

MedicineNet: Osteoporosis.

American College of Physicians: Press release, May 19, 2017.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

SOURCES:

MedicineNet: Osteoporosis.

American College of Physicians: Press release, May 19, 2017.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

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